WASHINGTON — The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan with a new 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged Ecotec engine and six-speed automatic transmission delivers 30 mpg in city driving and 42 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 35 mpg, GM and the EPA announced on Monday.
This "matches the segment's best," GM said in a statement.
The rating puts the Cruze on equal footing with the 2016 Honda Civic sedan, with its 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, in terms of highway mpg. The Civic and Cruze both deliver 42 mpg on the highway, but the Civic gets 1 better mpg in the city.
The 42-mpg highway rating is for Cruze L, LS and LT models.
The top-of-the-line 2016 Cruze Premier is rated at 30 mpg in city driving and 40 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 34 mpg, the EPA said.
The 42-mpg highway rating is equal to that of the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Eco with a six-speed manual transmission, according to the EPA.
The Cruze beats the 2016 Ford Focus sedan with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Focus returns 27 mpg in city driving and 40 mpg on the highway.
The highway mpg rating also gives the 2016 Cruze the edge over the 2016 Mazda 3. The 2016 Mazda 3 with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 30 mpg in city driving and 41 mpg on the highway.
The Cruze is offered at Chevrolet dealerships now only as a sedan. The lineup expands in the fall with a 2017 Cruze hatchback. A diesel version of the Cruze will debut in early 2017.
Consumers are still enjoying relatively low gas prices.
The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Monday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $2.11, compared to $2.44 a year ago.
Edmunds says: If you're concerned about pump prices, you will want to note the impressive highway fuel economy number on the 2016 Cruze.