Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel
General Motors pretty much poisoned the American appetite for diesel cars back in the early 1980s, leaving it to the Europeans to make them popular for their fuel efficiency. So, it’s intriguing that it’s Chevrolet giving diesel cars another domestic go with their 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel.
The U. S. assembled compact sedan follows the gasoline powered Cruze Eco’s example with extra aero treatments, active grille shutters, and unique throttle mapping.
Sourced from GM Europe, the 2.0 liter turbo diesel four gets significant upgrades for use in our Cruze including Urea injection, helping it to 151 horsepower, 264 lb-ft of torque, and 46 MPG highway; all besting the segment leading Volkswagen Jetta TDI.
PATRICK LUCAS: The diesel definitely brings a little fun with its fuel efficiency. Low end torque is nice for passing and cruising around back roads…I don’t think it’s quite as refined or sporty as the Jetta TDI, but it does have American made value and dependability.
JOHN DAVIS: Complete with a longer 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, the Cruze Diesel goes on sale this summer, beginning around $25,500.
Engine: 2.0 liter turbo diesel
Price: Beginning around $25,500