2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Test Drive – Popular Mechanics

29 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Test Drive – Popular Mechanics
Chevrolet Cruze

The most fuel-efficient nonhybrid is the first diesel car from since 1986.

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Base Price: $25,695

Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Golf TDI, Toyota Ford C-Max

Powertrains: 2.0-liter diesel I-4, 151 hp, 280 six-speed automatic, FWD

EPA Fuel (city/hwy, manufacturer’s est.):

What’s New: Chevy has a lot more here than drop a compression-ignition engine in the compact, but that’s where it The 2.0-liter under the hood is from GM’s European but with the addition of an SCR catalyst to U.S. emissions standards. means the Cruze uses exhaust fluid, stored in a where the spare tire to be (now an inflation kit is your help with a flat

In an effort to ease worries that diesel fluid, Cruze comes with a 2-year maintenance plan also includes oil changes and rotations.

Chevy engineers took pains to make the quietest Cruze in the lineup by the same sound-deadening materials the engine and cabin that find in the Buick Verano. The is aimed squarely at the Volkwagen diesel, and undercuts the German base price (with an by $630. More importantly in of bragging rights, the Cruze’s 46 mpg EPA figure bests the Jetta by 4, the Jetta wins by 3 mpg in the city.

Tech Tidbit: An overboost on the turbocharger allows a temporary in peak torque to 280 lb-ft, up 254. To make sure doesn’t result in wheel-whipping steer, the engine’s computer is to reduce power when the wheel is turned at low speeds. off the stability control with the wheels pointed straight and the will allow for a tire-smoking standing start.

But when you want to turn out of a parking lot, for example, the power allows for drama-free into traffic.

Chevrolet Cruze

Driving There are only two telltale that this Cruze is Standing still at idle, you can a faint diesel clatter fades away as soon as you moving. And any time you hit the gas pedal you the diesel surge that your head back.

The penalty is about an extra 300 over the gas-powered Cruze, but the is still good for an 8.1-second sprint, about the same as the turbo model.

And the weight is well-hidden. On our short drive in Southeast Michigan, we impressed by the Cruze diesel’s highway ride and responsive We’re really at a point we don’t need to mention diesels are no longer loud, and spew black smoke. The in fact, is the exact opposite.

So can we put that old stereotype to rest?

Detail: Our favorite detail all diesels: range. With a tank, the Cruze can run farther 700 miles between fill-ups.

Driver’s Grievance: The torque-reduction we mentioned earlier works as with no sudden lurch by a power-killing correction from the control system. But it also the Cruze pull away a stop slower than like.

If you own one, make you get used to the car’s behavior trying any aggressive moves out of the lane.

Bottom Line: big proponents of diesels, both for superior fuel economy and the big figure that makes fun to drive. Also, we’re to see Chevy take a chance on a car that was previously available in Volkswagens or more expensive brands.

Of course, all the nice things the Cruze Diesel come at a $2390 more than an equipped gas Cruze in 2LT trim. it takes some time to pay off premium in fuel savings, willing to pay up front will be with the most efficient and also the best one in the lineup.

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