Even with relaxed fuel economy standards and cheap gas, fuel efficiency continue to be a major consideration for automakers. Diesel powerplants are good at stuff like that, and the 60-mpg Chevrolet Cruze diesel is a great example. Now, we’re taking a moment to remember this hugely efficient compact GM vehicle.
Following the introduction of the second-generation Chevrolet Cruze for the 2016 model year, the Cruze diesel was introduced for the following 2017 model year, and was offered until the Cruze’s discontinuation in 2019.
Under the hood, the Chevrolet Cruze diesel was equipped the turbocharged 1.6L inline four-cylinder LH7, which produced 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Critically, this powerplant also made the Cruze diesel the most fuel efficient non-hybrid GM vehicle ever produced for the mass market, if memory serves correct.
Manual-equipped Chevrolet Cruze diesel models were more efficient than the automatics, with the former equipping a six-speed stick, and the latter incorporating a nine-speed automatic. The sedan body style was also more efficient than the hatchback body style.
The most efficient configuration were offered with the 2017 and 2018 model years, with a sedan body style and manual transmission, both of which offered 30 mpg in the city, 37 mpg combined, and a whopping 52 mpg on the highway. Total range with a full tank of gas eclipsed 500 miles.
|2019 Chevrolet Cruze||Sedan||Automatic||31||48||37|
|2019 Chevrolet Cruze||Hatchback||Automatic||30||45||35|
|2018 Chevrolet Cruze||Sedan||Automatic||31||47||37|
|2018 Chevrolet Cruze||Hatchback||Automatic||30||45||35|
|2018 Chevrolet Cruze||Sedan||Manual||30||52||37|
|2018 Chevrolet Cruze||Hatchback||Manual||29||48||35|
|2017 Chevrolet Cruze||Sedan||Automatic||31||47||37|
|2017 Chevrolet Cruze||Sedan||Manual||30||52||37|
To note, the five-door hatchback body style joined the Cruze diesel lineup for the 2018 model year. The six-speed manual transmission was discontinued after the 2018 model year.
|Model||Body Style||Transmission||2017 MY||2018 MY||2019 MY|
|Cruze Diesel||4-Door Sedan||6-speed manual||Offered||Offered||Not available|
|Cruze Diesel||4-Door Sedan||9-speed auto||Offered||Offered||Offered|
|Cruze Diesel||5-Door Hatchback||6-speed manual||Not available||Offered||Not available|
|Cruze Diesel||5-Door Hatchback||9-speed auto||Not available||Offered||Offered|
Regardless of the configuration, the Cruze diesel was very good at eating up the miles while sipping on fuel. One GM Authority reader reports that he managed to get 55 mpg while traveling down the highway at 68 mph. Consumer Reports even managed to get upwards of 60 mpg in a sedan model. Impressive!
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