2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel Review: Only Game In Town

– Cleveland, Ohio

The infamous Dieselgate scandal cleared U.S. dealerships of every oil-burning Volkswagen. The only affordable access that remains to Rudolf Diesel’s efficient powerplant is this, the Chevy Cruze Diesel. While a version of the Chevy Equinox crossover is coming soon with the same diesel engine, the Cruze for now is in a segment of one. Following the launch last year of a new Cruze, the diesel version returns for 2017 with a big bump in fuel economy thanks to a new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Being the only game left in town should be a big advantage, unless Volkswagen’s sins have gone beyond its own brand and tainted the technology’s reputation itself.

 

 

Pros

High fuel economy. The main draw of any diesel-powered passenger car is exceptional fuel economy, and the Cruze Diesel delivers with an official combined rating from the Environmental Protection Agency of 37 miles per gallon and a high of 52 mpg on the highway. My experience aligned perfectly with those numbers, having achieved an average rating of 37.3 mpg over a week of driving, according to the car’s trip computer. On the highway, the Cruze can do even better than its official rating, beating 60 mpg if you keep your speed reasonable and resist passing.

Refined operation. One major downside of diesels in the past was their noisiness and vibration. The Cruze is remarkable in that its turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine is refined with a quiet nature and relatively shake-free operation...