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.
Gallery: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze pricing starts at $17,495
2016 CHEVROLET CRUZE OFFERS 42 MPG ON THE HIGHWAY
EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway from new 1.4L turbo matches segment’s best
DETROIT – Offering EPA-estimated highway mileage of 42 mpg, the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is unsurpassed in its segment for fuel highway economy.
“Offering a maximum highway range of up to 570* miles per tank– you can spend less time at the pump,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars. “The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has more horsepower and torque, and is lighter than the previous generation making it more fun to drive.”
The Cruze’s EPA-estimated 42-mpg highway rating for L, LS and LT models rivals its competition. It tops competitors such as Focus with a four-cylinder (40 mpg hwy), Nissan Sentra FE (40 mpg hwy), Mazda3 (41 mpg hwy), Hyundai Elantra (37 mpg hwy) and Volkswagen Jetta (40 mpg hwy – non-hybrid).
The top-line Cruze Premier offers an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway.
The Cruze’s efficiency is rooted in a new, direct-injected 1.4L Ecotec turbo and a leaner architecture, which contributes to a nearly 250-pound (113 kg) weight reduction on L, LS and LT trims over previous models. Stop/start technology bolsters efficiency in stop-and-go traffic, helping the Cruze offer an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in city driving – a 7-percent increase over previous models.
The most connected car in its class based on built-in 4G LTE WiFi and connectivity features, including offering new technologies such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility**, a more comfortable ride and an athletic, aerodynamically optimized design, the 2016 Cruze elevates the compact car segment.
It also offers 10 standard air bags, as well as an expanded range of available adaptive crash-avoidance technologies, including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.
The Cruze range expands in the fall with an all-new hatchback model and the Cruze diesel returns in early 2017.
- Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with more than 4 million sold since it went on sale in 2008.
- Cruze is the most connected car in its class.
Disclosures: * Based on EPA hwy estimate and fuel tank capacity. Your range may be less.
** Vehicle user interfaces are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.
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