The market research publication recently published a list of what it has deemed to be the most fuel-efficient compact cars that are widely available on the second-and market today. This list’s publication comes amid rising gas prices in the United States and across the globe, which are partially due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The second-generation Chevy Cruze was included in this list thanks to the fuel-sipping nature of its standard turbocharged 1.4-liter LE2 engine, which is rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. In the 2017 Chevy Cruze sedan with the available six-speed automatic transmission, this engine returns 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway for a combined rating of 34 mpg, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Manual models are rated at 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.
Consumer Reports readers report similar real-world efficiency as the EPA’s tests. The owner reported combined MPG rating for the second-generation Chevy Cruze, according to the publication’s data, is 32 mpg.
Consumer Reports also praised the Chevy Cruze for its available 1.6-liter diesel engine. When equipped in the 2017 Chevy Cruze sedan with the six-speed manual transmission, this engine returns an impressive 30 mpg city and 52 mpg highway for a combined rating of 37 mpg. When equipped with the optional six-speed automatic, the Cruze diesel returns 31 mpg city and 47 mpg highway for a combined rating of 37 mpg.
“The Cruze boasts a comfortable ride, relatively roomy interior, and effortless power,” Consumer Reports says of the now-defunct GM compact car. “It’s a fully competitive entry that stands out in a class dominated by imported cars. The diesel version is particularly impressive. In our tests we measured 42 mpg overall and an outstanding 60 mpg on the highway, along with a massive 810-mile cruising range. The suspension mutes and swallows bumps in a way that’s rare for a compact car of the era.”
Other vehicles featured on this list include the 2017 Honda Civic, 2017 Toyota Yaris and Yaris iA, 2017 Honda Fit, 2017 Hyundai Elantra, 2017 Kia Forte, 2017 Mazda 3, 2017 Toyota Corolla and 2017 VW Jetta.