The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel did better than expected in official EPA testing, receiving an industry-best 46 mpg rating on the highway — better than any non-hybrid car in America — and 27 miles per gallon in the city. And its 16.6-gallon tank makes possible a driving range of 700 highway miles (though simple math tells us the range stands at 763.6 highway miles) per fill-up. Astonishing, really.
The rating creates more breathing room between the the Cruze 2.0TD and the beloved Cruze Eco, which achieves 42 mpg highway when equipped with a six-speed manual.
In addition, the 2014 Cruze Diesel also gives the driver substantially more power compared to the gasoline model. Specifically, its 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine provides a segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower (110 kW) and estimated 258 lb.-ft. of torque (350 Nm) capable of propelling the Cruze TD from 0-60 MPH in about 8.6 seconds. The overboost feature increases the torque to an estimated 280 lb.-ft. (380 Nm) for short bursts of stronger acceleration when needed, such as entering freeway traffic, or passing, or shaming a Jetta TDI.
The 2014 Cruze Diesel is expected to begin its launch next month, with a starting price of $25,695, including an $810 destination charge. Chevrolet says that the vehicle represents a better value than a similarly-equipped VW Jetta TDI with an automatic transmission. The Cruze Diesel will also offer the now-familiar Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-appointed seating, a longer five-year 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a two-year maintenance plan.