2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel Gets Mileage Like Top Hybrids
If you haven't heard, the automotive industry is in awe at what the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel model is able to accomplish. What is that exactly? It's the Cruze's ability to get hybrid car-like gas mileage out of a diesel engine - 30 miles per gallon in the city and a whopping 52 on the highway.
How Far Can the New Cruze Take You?
What does this type of gas mileage mean for you? It means that you can travel 700 miles; nearly going from Phoenix to Los Angeles and back on a single tank of gas. Now that's fuel efficient!
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Over the past four years, Chevrolet has made its sedans world-class. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the first full-size American car in 20 years to earn Consumer Reports‘ top rating in its class. The Chevrolet Malibu, two years later, proved competitive against the likes of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Kia Optima. Now comes the compact Cruze, out since 2016 in the US. It features a roomy cockpit for its 184-inch length, a simple-to-use infotainment system (MyLink), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and built-in OnStar telematics.
2017 Cruze Diesel StatsMSRP: $23,795 Engine: 1.6L 4-cylinder diesel MGP: 30 city / 52 highway Horsepower: 137 @ 3,750 RPM Torque: 240 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM Fuel capacity: 13.7 gallons (approximately 700 miles)
How Long Does the Diesel Take to Pay Off?
We calculated costs using the current fuel prices, $2.32 a gallon for gasoline, $2.49 a gallon for diesel (as of late June 2017). Meanwhile, the EPA calculations are based on a car that drives 15,000 miles a year, 55 percent city, 45 percent highway. Using that formula, the payback period would be about 50 years for the manual, and never for the automatic (425 years).
People who buy diesels typically drive more highway miles and more total miles. A traveling sales rep or long-distance commuter might drive 40,000 miles, 30,000 of which are on the highway. The manual diesel would use $350 less in fuel per year, making the payback period 11 years. For the automatic, it would be 33 years.
You can play “what if” here: For instance, what if the price of fuel climbed to $4 a gallon for gas and diesel, Chevrolet cut the diesel premium to $2,000, and diesel automatics really got the 48 mpg I experienced, while the real-world efficiency of the gas-engine car remained at 34 mpg? A 15,000-miles-a-year Cruze would take 47 months to make back the premium, while the 40,000-miler would need just 17 months.