2016 Chevrolet Cruze Fuel Economy Released, Cruze Diesel Returns in Early 2017

In the compact sedan segment, no other model is as frugal as the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze with the 1.4-liter EcoTec turbo-4. If you’re careful enough with the loud pedal, the Cruze will return up to 42 miles per gallon (5.6 l/100 km) highway. And good golly, the all-new compact sedan from Chevrolet still has a lot to prove.
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By “early 2017,” the Cruze lineup will expand with a turbo diesel. Nothing is currently known about the displacement of the engine, although the best bet is the 1.6-liter “Whisper Diesel” CDTI available for the Opel Astra K. The Astra 5-door hatch with the 110 PS (108 horsepower) oil-chugging lump and a 6-speed stick shift drinks up to 3.7 liters per 100 kilometers driven on the combined cycle. That’s 63.5 mpg.

Until the diesel-powered Cruze comes to the party, the 1.4 EcoTec will have to do. Then again, 570 miles (917 kilometers) on a full tank is a proper bragging right. The best the competition has to offer is 41 mpg (Mazda3) and 40 mpg (Nissan Sentra, Volkswagen Jetta, Ford Focus).

Other than the extremely efficient engine, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is approximately 250 lbs (113 kg) lighter than the previous generation. Stop/start technology bolsters efficiency in the urban jungle, where the Cruze 1.4 EcoTec returns 30 mpg (7.8 l/100 km). That is a decent figure for a decent compact sedan, as highlighted by Consumer Reports.

The most connected car in its class boasts 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and standard goodies such as 10 airbags. If you’re willing to go higher than the entry-level L grade ($16,620 sans destination), you’re offered a range of safety features that includes side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and forward collision alert.

For those who’d prefer five doors instead of four, the Cruze hatchback is set to make its appearance this fall.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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