EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze have been released, with the new model posting ratings of 30 mpg in city driving and 42 mpg on the highway. These ratings match or top Cruze competitors in the compact-car segment, including the Ford Focus (30/42), Honda Civic (31/42), Hyundai Elantra (28/38) and Toyota Corolla (30/42).

Offering a redesigned 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2016 Cruze provides 153 hp and 177 pounds-feet of torque, compared to 138 hp and 125 pounds-feet of torque in the previous model.

GM indicates that the increase in fuel economy is the result of a 150-250 lb weight reduction and the move to an all aluminum block engine that is paired with a lighter six-speed automatic transmission.

Press Release:

DETROIT – Offering EPA-estimated highway mileage of 42 mpg, the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is unsurpassed in its segment for fuel highway economy.

“Offering a maximum highway range of up to 570* miles per tank– you can spend less time at the pump,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars. “The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has more horsepower and torque, and is lighter than the previous generation making it more fun to drive.”

The Cruze’s EPA-estimated 42-mpg highway rating for L, LS and LT models rivals its competition. It tops competitors such as Focus with a four-cylinder (40 mpg hwy), Nissan Sentra FE (40 mpg hwy), Mazda3 (41 mpg hwy), Hyundai Elantra (37 mpg hwy) and Volkswagen Jetta (40 mpg hwy – non-hybrid).

The top-line Cruze Premier offers an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway.

The Cruze’s efficiency is rooted in a new, direct-injected 1.4L Ecotec turbo and a leaner architecture, which contributes to a nearly 250-pound (113 kg) weight reduction on L, LS and LT trims over previous models. Stop/start technology bolsters efficiency in stop-and-go traffic, helping the Cruze offer an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in city driving – a 7-percent increase over previous models.

The most connected car in its class based on built-in 4G LTE WiFi and connectivity features, including offering new technologies such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility**, a more comfortable ride and an athletic, aerodynamically optimized design, the 2016 Cruze elevates the compact car segment.

It also offers 10 standard air bags, as well as an expanded range of available adaptive crash-avoidance technologies, including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.

The Cruze range expands in the fall with an all-new hatchback model and the Cruze diesel returns in early 2017.

FAST FACTS

  • Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with more than 4 million sold since it went on sale in 2008.
  • Cruze is the most connected car in its class.