Chevrolet has long been suggesting that the diesel-powered Cruze sedan would have an EPA rating that starts with a five. Well, they’ve achieved the goal as the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has a 52 mpg highway rating when equipped with a manual transmission. The city rating is 30 mpg.
With the optional nine-speed automatic transmission, Cruze Diesel’s fuel economy doesn’t cross the coveted 50 mpg mark. Instead, it’s rated 47 mpg highway and 31 mpg city, both equally impressive.
To put these figures into perspective, the Cruze Diesel with a six-speed manual comes within a stones throw of the Toyota Prius’ fuel economy ratings. In fact, it beats other hybrids such as the new Kia Niro.
Powered by a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel, the engine generates 137 horsepower and a healthy 240 pound-feet of torque. This is the first application of this engine in the North American market, but the engine is not new to the GM mothership. This engine was developed by Opel in Europe and has been used in Opel products since 2013.
So far these fuel economy figures only apply to the Cruze sedan. Chevrolet will offer the diesel engine in the hatchback model for the 2018 model year, but those figures have not been released yet.
For those eager to get 52 mpg without a hybrid powertrain, the Cruze Diesel starts at $24,670 including destination charges.