General Motors and Chevrolet continuously hinted their high hopes for significant fuel economy numbers from the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel, and those high hopes have become reality.
Not only did the 2017 Cruze diesel crack the coveted 50 MPG mark, it surpassed it by returning 52 MPG on the highway and went 702 miles on a single tank. That means the Cruze diesel will offer the highest fuel economy of any non-hybrid or EV in the United States.
“Chevrolet is dedicated to offering customers a wide range of propulsion options. We know there are customers looking for the right combination of fuel efficiency, driving dynamics, fuel type and more. With the EPA-estimated 52-mpg highway Cruze Diesel Sedan, they can get it all,” said Steven Majoros, director of Chevrolet Marketing.
The monumental figure is achieved with the new to America 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, which produces 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed manual gearbox. In the process of EPA testing, the Cruze diesel also passed the now more stringent than ever tests. No cheating here.
In the city, manual gearbox equipped cars will return 30 MPG in the city, making for a combined fuel economy figure of 37 MPG. Nine-speed automatic Cruze diesels return 31 MPG city and 47 MPG highway, still making for a combined figure of 37 MPG.