2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel Becomes Most Fuel-Efficient Non-Hybrid/EV In The US

Chevrolet is announcing that their 2017 Cruze Sedan is officially good for an EPA-estimated highway mileage of 52 mpg (4.52 l/100 km).

Based on those numbers, a Cruze Diesel with a six-speed manual transmission should be able to cover no fewer than 702 highway miles (1,129 km) on one single tank of diesel fuel.

“Chevrolet is dedicated to offering customers a wide range of propulsion options. We know there are customers looking for the right combination of fuel efficiency, driving dynamics, fuel type and more. With the EPA-estimated 52-mpg highway Cruze Diesel Sedan, they can get it all,” said Steven Majoros, director of marketing for Chevrolet.

Powering the 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan is a new Ecotec 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit, with 137 HP (102 kW) and 240 lb-ft (325 Nm). Buyers can spec the car with either the standard six-speed manual gearbox or a new optional Hydra-Matic nine-speed automatic which also comes with stop/start technology.

Aside from the impressive 52 highway mpg, the Cruze Diesel also managed to return an EPA-estimated 30 mpg (7.84 l/100km) in the city, resulting in a combined mileage of 37 mpg (6.36 l/100km).

Pricing for the 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel Sedan starts from $24,670, including the $875 destination charge.


  • ediotsavant

    Wtf? 30 city? 52 Hwy? One of those numbers must be wrong! Never seen such a wide spread between city and highway.

    • Kash

      well the 2015 Cruze was at 27/46) and the Jetta TDI was at 31/46 so it’s not uncommon for diesels to have such large gaps between city/hwy mileage.

  • Grumpy

    It only makes more sense to have a Diesel hybrid. Electric power can offset the low city mpg, and bring the combined mpg higher than any gas hybrid.

  • Edumcris

    Does the urea tank compromise trunk space, or the rear suspension set-up?

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Rear suspension is probably a re-hashed single rear beam from a 1980 Citation.

  • smartacus

    i like the Elantra styling,
    but if i wanted an Elantra,
    i’d buy one from a company
    that makes them in Montgomery

    instead of Mexico…then turn around and lie about them not being made in Mexico.

  • Shijit

    Ugliest Cruze ever made though.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Nice GM!….just pull back eeeever so slightly on the name there…Cruze TD….ahahaha you thought I was gonna say TDI…See, GM knows how to jump on the band wagon but juuuust hang on by their finger nails….except wait a minute! Diesel has been around for what 40 years in US imports….soooo GM is a liiiitle bit late to the diesel party. And just as they are falling out of favor too….dang!. Great work! GM : Grossly Mismanaged

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