2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Six-Month Review and Report

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The six-speed automatic (which is more heavy duty than what comes with the gasser), shifts competently in tandem with the engine. It isn’t fun per se but it shifts smoothly and at all the right points, contributing to the excellent fuel economy. Indeed, thanks to the broad powerband that the variable-nozzle turbocharger provides, neither does it have to shift frequently.

On the road, it feels like a bigger car in terms of presence, and this can be attributed in part to the Z-link rear suspension, better dampers, and bigger brakes.


This is probably why you are reading this article so here goes. After six months and several thousand miles, we’ve seen a combined average of 28.5 mpg (8.24 l/100 km). This is somewhat lower than the EPA combined estimate of 31 (7.58) combined but our mix of city versus highway driving may lean more towards staying in town.

Compare this to the Cruze Eco, which exhibits similar figures, 28 mpg (8.4 l/100 km) in the city and 42 (5.6) on the highway, and 33 combined. Diesels almost always outshine the EPA figures once they get past the 5,000 mile (8,000 kilometer) figure and we’re counting on seeing this boost soon.


It was clear from the overwhelming number of The Diesel Driver’s readers who voted the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel as the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year that Chevy has a winner on its hands.

We see the package of decent handling, excellent fuel economy, a top safety rating, and a generous array of standard equipment as being a winner too.


2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Base price/price-as-tested $24,885/$26,260
Drivetrain Front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine 2.0-liter inline four
Horsepower/Torque 151 / 264
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight (lbs) 3,475
Wheelbase (inches) 105.7
Length x width x height (inches) 181 x 70.7 x 58.1
0-60 mph (seconds) 8.6
Fuel economy (mpg) 46/27


(Photos: Accura Media Group)


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