As Chevrolet welcomes the media to Nashville, Tennessee for first drives of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, the brand has released some fuel economy details. The 2016 Cruze has been rated at a frugal 42 mpg highway with its 1.4-liter LE2 turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
How does that stack up? It not only stacks up, but it bests some of the biggest players in the segment: it out-sips the 40 MPG rating of the Ford Focus and Nissan Sentra, the 41 MPG of the Mazda 3 and the 37 MPG of the Hyundai Elantra. It also matches the Honda Civic’s 1.5-liter turbo-four, which also received a 42 mpg rating with a CVT.
To note, the 42 mpg rating applies to each trim minus the range-topping Premier model, which is rated at 40 MPG highway. The fuel economy can be attributed to efficiency of the all-new 1.4-liter turbo LE2 engine and stop-start technology, plus the ability of GM’s D2XX platform to help the Cruze shed 250-pounds.