The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan has been officially rated by the EPA to get 52 mpg on the highway.
To put that into perspective, the Toyota Prius gets a combined rating of 52 mpg. Chevrolet says the Cruze Diesel’s fuel economy is “the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/non-EV in America” when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. In the city, the manual Cruze gets an official rating of 3o mpg, for a combined city/highway rating of 37 mpg.
Canadian numbers, meanwhile, peg the Cruze Diesel at 4.5 L/100 km on the highway and 7.7 L/100 km in the city, with a combined average of 6.3 L/100 km.
The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with 137 horsepower and a stout 240 pound-feet of torque.
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In addition to a six-speed manual, a nine-speed automatic with stop/start is also available. Equipped with the automatic transmission, the Cruze is rated at 47 mpg highway and 31 mpg city for a combined 37 mpg. Canadian fuel economy figures for that engine/transmission combination are 5 L/100 km on the highway, 7.6 L/100 km in the city and 6.4 L/100 km combined.
Pricing for the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan starts at $24,670 including destination in the United States, and $25,795 including destination in Canada. A hatchback version of the diesel Cruze will be available for the 2018 model year, and with Volkswagen no longer selling diesel vehicles in North America, the Cruze is the only diesel option in the compact car segment.