Chevrolet Cruze well-mated to diesel engine

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Chevrolet Cruze a diesel engine, and it’s a happy pairing.


Cruze is first to challenge lock on diesel market of powerful, fuel-saving diesel in compact sedan is happy Pairing of power, style, doesn#39;t come cheap yet


Chevrolet’s Cruze is hugely important.

It’s the to challenge Volkswagen’s lock on the diesel market.

It’s from the company that — mind who did what to the electric car — gets plenty of blame for the diesel in the U.S. Something those really bad ones in during the 1980s fuel

And it’s a purebred GM diesel on sale overseas for several though heavily modified for regulations and tastes.

In a fell swoop it’ll whether American buyers are as as most of Detroit has assumed or as as VW’s always found

And the Cruze diesel will GM and Chevrolet marketing savvy and It’s just now on sale, but in 13 cities, and won’t go national fall. Can the marketeers give it traction to survive a VW response advertising, etc.) and the buzz by the launch of the Mazda6 diesel summer?

If Cruze diesel it’s bound to kick off models from other A flop could set back the to fuel-saving diesels in the U.S. by a bit.

Overall, the Cruze’s of a powerful and fuel-saving diesel to a compact sedan is a happy But not a cheap one.

Chevrolet’s Cruze diesel, a model, carries a significant premium over gasoline The diesel’s $2,560 more the most-similar gas model, the 2LT. And $4,010 more than Cruze Eco, from it takes a few aerodynamic-enhancing parts.

you say, but it’s a diesel; hardly any fuel, right?

Not The diesel’s highway rating is 46 the best in the U.S. for a non-hybrid, and a bit better than the gasoline 38 and 39 mpg highway ratings.

But most spend more time in the or in a mix of city/highway driving. And there, the not much better than the gas just 27 mpg in the city, vs. 26 for the gas cars.

And 33 in city/highway, no huge win over gas 30 and 31 mpg

So, unless you roll up open-road like Willy Loman, the 46 mpg won’t be as compelling.

Diesels typically stand out on the but other diesels outdo gas counterparts in the other driving somewhat more handily Cruze does.

Nor is the Cruze a slam-dunk vs. its only rival, the Jetta diesel. Jetta an automatic transmission is slightly expensive than Cruze, comes only with an Jetta with a manual, is slightly less expensive.

Jetta has more rear a bigger trunk and — probably, important — better city (30 and combined city/highway (34 mpg) than Cruze diesel.

be hard to justify buying a diesel solely on fuel-cost But there’s enough happy to this marriage:

Scoot. notes that the diesel is the Cruze. It’ll dash standstill to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. That’s on the of feeling peppy enough to be fun on the

Gasoline Cruzes are slower, as long as 10 seconds, Chevrolet Diesel wins the dash though it’s 320 to 464 pounds than the gasoline models.

Diesels are powerful but tend to a moment to get their go in gear. seems to have gotten that — but apparently at the expense of economy.


Comfort. Leather in the test cars were feeling more luxury mainstream.

Refinement. Cruze has seemed a half-step ahead in category. A little plusher. A more thought-out on how the dashboard, for looks and fits together.

Chevrolet Cruze

You worry that the inherent of a diesel powerplant would that. Not in this case.

The is unusually quiet (at least the car). And it benefits from use of direct injection on gas engines.

Direct injection is a diesel and a big part of why diesels sound as do, a bit clattery. Ergo, everything like a diesel nowadays, so the Cruze sounds about any other Cruze.

And GM does a job insulating the passengers from the with sound-deadening materials.

Diesel version of Cruze front-drive, five-passenger, compact Combines high-end Cruze 2LT and Cruze Eco features. Direct Volkswagen Jetta diesel.

On sale since mid-May in 13 nationwide this fall.

Made at Lordstown, Ohio, all U.S. Cruzes are built.

How $25,695 with shipping.

makes it go? Two-liter, four-cylinder, diesel from GM Europe heavily modified for U.S. 151 horsepower at 4,000 rpm, 264 of torque at 2,600 rpm.

automatic transmission.

How big? as any Cruze, and within an inch of rival Jetta diesel. It is 181 long, 70.7 in. wide, in. tall on a 105.7-in. wheelbase. 3,475 lbs. (320 to 464 heavier than Cruze gas

Passenger space, 95 cu. ft. Trunk, cu. ft. Turning circle diameter, feet.

How thirsty? Rated 27 mpg in the 46 highway, 33 combined city/highway.

computers in two test cars 40.9 mpg (2.44 gallons per 100 and 41.3 mpg (2.42 gal./100 on two-lane roads with gentle hills, some towns and a lot of hard throttle.

ultra-low-sulfur diesel or B20 biodiesel. 15.6 gallons.

Overall: satisfying to drive, but it’s and the mpg advantage is evident only on


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