The mpg numbers are in for Chevy’s brand new, second-generation Cruze for United States.
After losing almost 250 pounds (113 kilograms) compared to its predecessor, the 2016 Cruze is unsurprisingly a frugal compact sedan that returns an EPA-estimated 42 miles per gallon on the highway. The mpg number is applicable for the L, LS, and LT trims, whereas the range-topping Premier will do 40 mpg.
Chevy points out the 42-mpg result on the highway for the first three trims is better than segment rivals, such as the VW Jetta (40 mpg), Hyundai Elantra (37 mpg), Mazda3 (41 mpg), Nissan Sentra FE (40 mpg), and the four-cylinder Ford Focus (40 mpg).
With a full tank of gasoline, the new Cruze will provide a maximum range of up to 570 miles (917 kilometers) before running out of fuel. In city driving, Chevy mentions the car will return an EPA-estimated 30 mpg, representing a 7% jump over the previous model.
Upon launch, the 2016 Cruze is offered exclusively with an all-new turbocharged, 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine developing 153 horsepower (113 kilowatts) and 177 pound-feet (240 newton meters) of torque. The engine works as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but at an additional cost buyers are able to opt for the more relaxing six-speed automatic.
Expect similar mpg numbers from the Cruze hatchback set to go on sale this fall as a 2017MY. If you put fuel economy as your top priority, we need to remind you that a hybrid is on its way and Chevy has already announced plans to offer a diesel engine starting early next year. The previous Cruze Diesel returned 46 mpg on the highway, so the new one could hit or at least get close to the 50 mpg threshold.