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Cruze Diesel Most Efficient US Non-Hybrid Passenger Vehicle

Posted by: Mark Bilek

General Motors introduced the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel at the Chicago Auto Show this past February. At the time, initial EPA GM estimates called for a somewhat disappointing 42 mpg highway. Earlier this week, the official numbers were released and show that the new Cruze Turbo Diesel will net an estimated 46 miles per gallon on the highway, besting the company's initial target by four mpg.

The estimate is also good enough to top the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta diesel, which achieves 42 mpg on the highway. This makes the Cruze Turbo Diesel the most fuel efficient non-hybrid or electric passenger car sold in the United States.

After its February introduction at the Chicago auto show, GM engineers continued to make adjustments to the Cruze Diesel in an effort to boost fuel economy. GM said. "We were still testing at the time, but wanted to be clear that we would be at or better than Jetta," a GM spokeswoman said. "The engineering team did a lot of incremental changes to the Cruze Diesel from the Eco model to gain efficiency."

The Cruze diesel comes will a six-speed automatic transmission and will have an estimated range of 700 highway miles - an estimated 10 hours of continuous driving time. The starting price for the Cruze diesel is $25,695, including shipping. It will go on sale in select U.S. cities this spring, and nationwide in the early fall.

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The '14 Chevy Cruze Turbo Diesel was introduced at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 2
Cristi Landy, marketing director, Chevrolet small cars unvieled the Cruze Trubo Diesel.

Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 3
At the time General Motors said the Cruze Turbo Diesel would have a highway fuel economy rating of at least 42 mpg.

Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel 4
Final EPA numbers show that the Cruze Turbo Diesel will have a highway rating of 46 mpg and a highway range of 700 miles. Power comes from a 148 horsepower 2.0-liter four that mates to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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The starting price for the Cruze diesel is $25,695, including shipping. It will go on sale in select U.S. cities this spring.

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