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Diesel-powered Cruze can drive for 10 hours on a single tank of fuel

The EPA has handed down its fuel economy estimates for Chevrolet's new 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel. The EPA is estimating the vehicle will get 46 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle in America. General Motors says that the car will be available in certain cities this spring and around the country and Canada early this fall.

The turbodiesel version of the Cruze is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and has an estimated range of 700 highway miles on a single tank of diesel fuel.
The 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine is rated for 148 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque (the engine features a special over boost function that can increase torque to 280 pound-foot for short bursts as needed). The vehicle is capable of accelerating from a stop to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds.

“We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” said Gary Altman, chief engineer, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. “The Cruze Diesel is the best diesel passenger car out there. Chevrolet is redefining the meaning of great fuel economy with this car.”

The starting price for the car is $25,695 including the $810 destination charge. The Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel also features the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, 17-inch wheels, leather seating, a five-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a two-year maintenance plan as standard equipment.

Source: GM

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RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 1:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
I like the way the Cruze looks. And if it gets anywhere near that gas mileage, I'll pick up a used one in a few years to use as a beater car.

RE: Nice but...
By FITCamaro on 4/18/2013 3:06:27 PM , Rating: 2
Just gotta know how to drive it. Shifting at 2500-3k you're gonna get lower. I drive mine easy and it pays off. Big change in driving style from the GTO I used to have. But it's saved me about $300-350/month between car payment and gas. That's what I'm focused on right now.

And with the tune which gives me 180 hp at the flick of a switch, it does give the car enough oomph to make it a little fun to drive. But I rarely put it in that mode unless I'm trying to get around a semi quickly or something.

RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 3:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
And with the tune which gives me 180 hp at the flick of a switch
That's pretty decent power and more than acceptable for a DD. Should be some tunes out for the diesel by the time I'm ready to buy. My Solstice gets 19/28 per EPA and I get 27-28 with some fun to boot. Got 33 on three different occasions. Keep boost below 8 psi, speeds 70 mph and below on the freeway, and not too many stops. Stop and go actually helps mpg in my car IF the go part isn't back up to freeway speeds. I spent a week in LA and mpg only dropped to 24.

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