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Diesel-powered Cruze will start at under $26,000, get up to 42 mpg

Chevrolet has officially announced the specs of the diesel-powered version of the 2014 Cruze. The 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine generates 148hp and 258 pound-foot of torque. Chevrolet promises that the clean diesel engine will achieve 42 mpg on highway, which oddly enough is the same as the $5,000 cheaper Cruze ECO. The vehicle will also accelerate to 60 mph in 8.6 with its standard six-speed automatic transmission.

According to Chevrolet, clean diesel engines generate at least 90% less nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions compared to previous generation diesel power plants. In order to achieve its “clean” status, the engine uses urea injection that is supplied from a 17-liter tank. As a result, customers will lose a bit of trunk space to accommodate the urea tank. Another downside is that the tank will need to be refilled every 10,000 miles.

“Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is the most sophisticated passenger car diesel engine GM has ever produced,” said Jens Wartha, GM global program manager and chief engineer for the Cruze’s diesel engine. “We merged European diesel expertise with the real world driving preferences of North American consumers.”
The 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will be priced from $25,695 including destination charge. The vehicle comes with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, a two-year maintenance plan, and a five-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Mazda announced that it would be selling a diesel version of its Mazda6 in the United States not long ago, and Volkswagen has been selling diesel-powered passenger cars here for decades.

Source: GM

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By nrhpd527 on 2/7/2013 8:59:56 AM , Rating: 2
I have always been a GM fan, but had to buy a Ford Fusion with my last car because the idiots at GM have NO mid-sized sedans with a 5-6 speed manual. Driving a Malibu or Impala with an automatic makes me feel like my grandfather, and at 6'4", I cannot drive the tiny Japanese cars (save for the Subaru Legacy) in the same class.

Even a Nissan Altima is really big enough, there were no Mazda 6s or Subaru Legacies available in Texas / Oklahoma in a manual, and Toyota and Honda still think most Americans are 5'8" and under apparently. Thus, I had to by a Ford. I've not been unhappy with the Fusion, but it is not ideal by any means. I guess if I was lazy like most Americans, I'd just get an automatic, but I just don't want to do that.

I guess my next car will have to be a VW, Subaru Legacy, Audi, BMW, or Volvo...something that is a little bigger, gets decent gas mileage for my 15-18,000 miles a year, and is actually a decent vehicle. I would gladly pay $29-30,000 for a diesel Malibu with good power seats (maybe even with leather?) and a built-in XM Radio (Sirius on my Ford sucks because it costs more to get NHL and MLB games, the only sports I listen to / follow).

Long story short, GM has gone a long way to lose my business with their refusal to even allow for special ordering of a manual on mid-sized sedans...<rant off>

By lanc14086 on 2/7/2013 9:08:40 AM , Rating: 5
Buick Regal comes in a manual..

By Myrandex on 2/7/2013 9:28:52 AM , Rating: 2
My wife's mustang with Sat. Radio uses both XM and Sirius. No knowledge on whether extra is charged for the content you want (which always blows) but I don't know if that would make a difference or not.

By FITCamaro on 2/7/2013 9:41:19 AM , Rating: 2
Absolutely agree with you.

They've had a few cars in the past decade that begged for a manual but they didn't offer one. The G8 comes to mind which was only offered with a manual in the rare and expensive GXP.

I love the look of the new Fusion too. I don't even think the Fusion offers a manual option with all power trains though.

By FITCamaro on 2/7/2013 9:44:48 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah you can only get a manual with the 1.6L engine. That 2.0L turbo motor is begging for a manual...

By Jeffk464 on 2/8/2013 12:13:47 AM , Rating: 2
The G8 was a great looking car, I don't know if it was any good but it sure looked the part. Never understood why they didn't sell any of them.

By FITCamaro on 2/8/2013 10:14:12 AM , Rating: 2
Part of the problem was high fuel prices when it was released. But it was also killed from Pontiac production ending.

G8 GXPs are ultra rare(only a few hundred produced and shipped before Pontiac died) and will be a collectors item.

As far as the quality, it was good. Seats weren't quite as good as the GTOs in my opinion (having owned a GTO and sat in a G8) but otherwise good.

By GotThumbs on 2/7/2013 9:47:59 AM , Rating: 3
My personal choice would be a manual jetta TDI. I've owned 3 VW's (all manuals) and have always enjoyed driving them and the dependability. I realize some owners have not been as fortunate, but I will always recommend VW's. My truck is the first and last american brand vehicle that I'll buy. It's a Dodge Ram 3500 with a Cummings diesel engine(reason I bought it) and a manual 5 speed. I had wanted a mid-sized diesel truck (diesel Tacoma) but they do not exist in the US. America is advanced in many ways, but so behind in others IMO. They push the idea of new fuel sources, yet overlook the millions of used cooking oil that can be converted in to Bio-Diesel to run city busses and properly equiped semi's. The idea of using a product twice, once for cooking and then for fuel just makes sense to me, but seems to be overlooked by the US Govenment. Obama's EPA needs to learn the K.I.S.S principle IMO. (Keep It Simple Stupid)

The Ford Fusion looks nice, but I just don't have any confidence in american vehicles based on family and friends experiences.

Best wishes and safe driving.

By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2013 10:10:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yeeeah VW and "dependability" don't go in the same sentence sadly. Your experience has been extremely in the minority.

By Spuke on 2/7/2013 10:53:51 AM , Rating: 3
Yeeeah VW and "dependability" don't go in the same sentence sadly. Your experience has been extremely in the minority.
X2, VW has consistently been at the bottom or near the bottom in reliability. I've always wanted a VW but the lack of quality scares me off.

By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2013 12:54:54 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I was *this* close to getting a GTI, thank god I went with a Subaru instead. VW's are a mechanics wet dream.

By hubb1e on 2/7/2013 1:06:12 PM , Rating: 2
I've had many VWs and they've been very reliable. VW got a bad rap because the Mexican assembled Jetta IV had bad reliability. Since that model they have been much better.

By mars2k on 2/7/2013 2:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
My VW was a great car, nothing ever broke, I drove the sh#@ out of it for 100,000 miles. The injection sprung a leak, the car burn to the ground we're talking conflagration here. My insurance paid me $750 more than I paid ($2100) Volkswagon 411 is Automotive Heaven! of course that was in the 70s. Great car really I loved it :-)

By Spuke on 2/7/2013 4:06:14 PM , Rating: 3
VW got a bad rap because the Mexican assembled Jetta IV had bad reliability. Since that model they have been much better.
I'm not talking about some anecdotal, internet crap, I'm talking poor quality ratings. VW HAS been for MANY years, Mexican production or not, been AT or NEAR the bottom in quality.

By FITCamaro on 2/8/2013 10:16:38 AM , Rating: 2
TDI Jetta motor and transmission are fine. I have issues with quality on the rest of the car.

But a coworker has a '12 TDI Golf and he averages roughly the same fuel economy as me. Not to say it isn't capable of more. Just saying real world. Granted I have to drive more conservative than him probably to get the same mileage.

By Ammohunt on 2/7/2013 11:35:40 AM , Rating: 3
I am 6'4" and drive a prius 120 miles round trip daily not buying the i need a big car bit.

By Spuke on 2/7/2013 12:11:51 PM , Rating: 2
The Fusion isn't exactly a Cadillac XTS though. Just a typical mid-size sedan.

By maevinj on 2/7/2013 12:19:29 PM , Rating: 3
Same here. I'm 6'2 and fat and my Prius is plenty roomy for me.

By alpha754293 on 2/7/2013 12:48:01 PM , Rating: 1
I would have bought a Ford Fusion too, except that the hybrid is currently under investigation by the EPA for false fuel economy claims.

By Jeffk464 on 2/8/2013 12:12:11 AM , Rating: 2
and at 6'4", I cannot drive the tiny Japanese cars

Really, you can't fit in a Toyota Avalon?

By Pessimism on 2/13/2013 12:59:21 PM , Rating: 2
No, he can't. I at 6'3.5 can't either. When I last bothered looking at Toyotas in 2007, even the avalon lacked legroom, headroom, and steering wheel travel. I just COULD NOT get comfortable inside it.

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