GM Expects EPA to Rate 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel at 27/46 MPG

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GM said today the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze diesel will get an EPA rating of 27/46 mpg city/highway with its standard six-speed automatic transmission. The highway rating represents the highest of any non-hybrid car in the U.S., GM says, but the EPA's combined rating — 33 mpg — is just 2 mpg better than a gas-powered Cruze Eco with its automatic. It also falls 1 mpg short of the diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta TDI with its six-speed auto.

The Cruze diesel's turbo-diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 148 horsepower and, typical of diesels, a prodigious 258 pounds-feet of torque. An overboost mode can crank out as much as 280 pounds-feet for short bursts. GM says the car hits 60 mph in 8.6 seconds, which beats the Jetta TDI's 8.7-second rating by a smidge.

With either car, however, you'll have to contend with the higher cost of diesel fuel, which has averaged 38 cents, or 10%, higher than regular unleaded over the past 12 months, according to the Energy Information Administration. With 12,000 miles a year at the EPA's combined rating, annual fuel costs in the Cruze diesel would run $1,446. That's about even with a gasoline Cruze LT or LTZ automatic and $44 cheaper than an automatic Toyota Corolla. It's more, however, than conventional (i.e., not high-efficiency) automatic versions of the Jetta TDI, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra by $43 to $96 a year.

The diesel version of Chevrolet's popular compact goes on sale in select cities this spring, with a national rollout this fall.

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sheth

i dont drive a diesel but if you look at what diesel drivers say online its very common for diesels to exceed EPA numbers. This is the case for the VW diesels and will be the case for the Cruze diesel so its probably not really productive to compare the cost of driving the cruze diesel to gas powered compacts. In addition, the EPA combined number is a concocted figure that really means nothing. I doubt many people drive exactly 55% in the city and 45% on the highway. If you don't do that it means the EPA combined number has no bearing on what your actual costs will be. I drive on the highway less than 10% of the time and there are folks who almost never do city driving. For those who have a lot of highway miles in their commute diesels make sense. The Cruze ECO is also less well equipped than the diesel to keep weight down. So while the mileage is close, the ECO has far less torque and less feature content and less range.

Parrots

@sheth

The ECO is also far less expensive.

Lance

If I'm going to put up with finding diesel, paying higher price for it, getting oily hands when filling up(that's why some stations provide little latex gloves)in addition to the huge premium at puchase, then yes, I am going to compare the cost against normal gasoline engined compacts. Who wouldn't. Not productive to compare...what a crock.

I drive mostly suburban, some city and some highway and get pretty much exactly from tank to tank the EPA combined rating. I think there are tons and tons of car owners that do the same and find the combined ratings useful. It's always someone that drives just about all city that says the EPA numbers don't work.

I've noticed that when car mags do long term tests on diesel cars they get pretty close to the EPA combined ratings and maybe a little better on the hwy rating. But whenever you hear from the VW TDI owners they are always reporting outlandish numbers. IMO there is a lot of justifying going on. And just because VW TDI engines might do a little better on the hwy than the EPA ratings, it doesn't automatically mean that GM's diesel engine will. Not all diesels are made the same just as not all hybrids or gas engines have the same results. Is it possible? Sure, but to automatically assume it as fact is just wishful thinking.

BL

This is great news, I was planning on buying a Cruze this year. Was considering a Cruze or a Civic.

AK Fisher

99501 prices: 3.85 gal reg 4.21 diesel 25% city 75% hwy for me 15,000 mi/yr gas cruze gets 26/38 mpg & a diesel gets 27/46 mpg $81 saved per year $1,211 for 15 yrs. diesel? no thanks, I'll stick with gas. 50/50 is worse $14 a year "saved" with diesel.

Tony

May be when American park of diesels will be some considerable % I will buy one. Right now, any problem with this car is going to cost you, since parts are scarce.

Lance, GM diesel???? How about Opel?

FlanKitty

I'm personally willing to pay the extra for diesel but not a Cruze.

An issue not noted with EPA guestimate of gasoline engine fuel economy is that they use a "testing fuel" that isn't available in any station so naturally there will be a certain amount of play auto makers will do to try to make impressive EPA numbers because they can tailor the ECU to the test fuel while having something completely different for the gasoline (E10) we normal people get.

jett

The cruze eco gas version would be my choice. Diesel is a great choice for people who like backward technology.

Wow.

Still haven't gotten over the gas-to-diesel conversion crap GM sold in the 80s...

sheth

"The ECO is also far less expensive."

it has far less stuff. A well equipped gas powered Cruze LTZ is about $26k. diesels always cost more than gas powered counterparts. Nothing new there.

danwat1234

Pretty good for a 2 Liter turbodiesel. I hope it comes with auto start/stop and I hope it gets a CVT for an automatic eventually so the automatic can get decent city mileage. Hmm, only rated for 27MPG in the city and only 33MPG combined according to some sites (like gmauthority) due to the heavy 3400 pound curb weight + slushbox. Impressive 0-60 of 8.6 seconds with the diesel and the heavy weight.

It seems like too little advantage for the increased price, weight and reduced cargo space.
Increased weight: 3100 pounds for the regular Cruze, 3475 for the diesel.
Reduced cargo space: 4.5 gallon Urea tank for emissions takes up space.
Because of the increased weight and the slushbox automatic, city MPG isn't improved. If you cut down the curb weight to something less than 3,000 pounds and took out the slushbox for a CVT or dual dry clutch and add auto start/stop. It'd be a better rounded vehicle.

But see, you can't beat a Prius on the EPA tests and difficult to beat in the real world. Their Atkinson cycle gas engine and Hybrid-Synergy-Drive system is too good. But you can get close on the highway with a tad more power, though the heavier curb weight (~3050 vs ~3475lb) kind of saps that away.
Also keep in mind that a modern diesel isn't much more efficient than a similarly sized modern gas engine, it just has more energy to work with since diesel contains more energy than gas. An Atkinson cycle gas engine can be more efficient than a diesel because of simple emissions equipment and good thermal efficiency

http://gmauthority.com/blog/chevrolet/cruze/2014-cruze/

Lance

@Tony
I thought Opel was part of GM.

Rick

Diesel + GM car = Knowing all the Service Managers on a first name basis.

If I want a diesel I'll stick with the experts. VW.

sheth

I will repeat. EPA combined numbers mean NOTHING unless you drive the exact mix of "city" and highway driving that the EPA uses to get that number. That figure isn't based on any research or real world data, its just a proportion the EPA made up. How many people drive 55% in the city and 45% at NORMAL highway speeds daily? Likely very few. I have NEVER gotten anything close to EPA combined mileage and if you look at most long term tests of vehicles conducted by auto sites and magazines you will often see mileage fails to meet EPA combined figures. If in fact they do meet those figures its only because they take cross country highway drives during the course of their test period.

Diesel owners say that diesels routinely exceed EPA test figures- apparently the EPA test methods are not as accurate at measuring diesel efficiency. The point is the real world mileage of a diesel isnt necessarily reflected by the EPA numbers and thus simply saying you will save x number of dollars by buying a gas powered car based on a comparison of EPA figures isn't the best idea. There is obviously a strong word of mouth promotion going on for diesels because VW has had success with it's models in recent years. If it was as simple as comparing EPA numbers and doing calculations I don't think VW would sell ANY diesels.

By the way, anyone who had any sense would know that if any part of the EPA rating is way off than the COMBINED figure is way off. The combined figure is based on 55% city driving so if you don't get the city number (which I don't) the combined number is worthless. On my last 4 vehicles my real world city mileage is about 15-20% under the EPA "city" number. I have a relative who tracks his mileage and he has the exact same experience with two different cars.

fanboy

Rick are you jokin? I laughed out loud at your clueless comment. Check the jd power reliability rankings. Chevrolet has above average reliability and is ranked 17 spots above poor vw, which is near the bottom. I think your jealous of the cruze diesel because it has faster acceleration times than t h e doggy tdi.

GP

Actually it get more than that considering it won't start...

Lance

And I will repeat that the combined EPA numbers are fairly accurate for most cars on the road and anyone with a brain knows it. I know many people that get or exceed both the combined EPA mpg and the hwy mpg it's not funny. Like I said, the only ones that cry all the time about not being able to meet the EPA numbers are people that drive strictly in the city. You take the same car and ten different people and they will get different city mpgs because they all drive so differently. And then if you drove in ten different cities you would probably get a little diffent mpg in all of them because of different lights and traffic patterns or congestion.

The EPA tests and calculations are much more than a simple 55/45 mix and if one would take the time to actually read what goes into them rather than just spouting off without a clue they would understand. I know lots of people that get right around the combined MPG and I guarantee that none of them drive a perfect 55/45 mix. Of course the combined estimate doesn't do someone that doesn't do ANY combined driving any good. DUH! They expect the EPA to exactly replicate their particular driving habits and driving environment when all it is in the first place is an estimate.


If diesels get a LITTLE better than EPA than just adjust for that in making a comparison versus gasoline engined compacts and add a few mpgs. But still do the math as in many cases it's not even break even unless one drives mostly hwy miles and keep the vehicle a long time.

Troy S.

At first I wanted to refresh the memories of GM touting it's expected Volt EPA rating that turned out to be a hyper-inflation at best. Anyway, the negative points thus far in the comments are exactly what stifles innovation and ultimately influences the timeliness of better consumer products. GM had better get this one right.

Pebble

I've been driving a 2011 TDI sportwagen for about 6 months with about 65% city milage. Thus far I average about 40 mpg overall and I thoroughly enjoy the Turbo and do not drive with a light foot. If there was a gas car that could do that without a battery pack I might consider it if Chevy or Mazda show some dedication this market might expand beyond the VW niche.

fanboy

Too bad you didnt wait for the cruze diesel- faster, better mileage, more
reliable. A much better car than vw.

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