2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Priced at $25,695, Hits 42 MPG Highway
GM is answering consumers’ pleas for a diesel-powered compact car: This summer, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will roll into showrooms with a $25,695 price that includes the destination charge and a two-year maintenance plan. Unlike the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the 2014 Cruze Diesel is only offered in one, well-equipped model, and only with a six-speed automatic transmission. As standard equipment the 2014 Cruze Diesel includes 17-inch alloy wheels with low-rolling resistance tires, leather seating, a rear spoiler, and the Aero Performance package.
Powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic, the automaker expects the 2014 Cruze Diesel to return an estimated 42 mpg highway with best-in-class range. In comparison, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is EPA-rated 30/42 mpg city/highway with the six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The Cruze’s turbodiesel engine is rated 148 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque – eight hp and 23 lb-ft of torque more than the Jetta TDI, though only a Motor Trend comparison test will tell just how well the car performs. An overboost feature boosts the Cruze Diesel to 280 lb-ft of torque for about 10 seconds.
While the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will carry a $25,695 base price, a base Jetta TDI with the automatic starts at $24,950. For comparison, the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco with the automatic transmission (26/39 mpg) is priced at $21,685, though the diesel engine produces 10 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque more than the gas engine.
For more on the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, don’t miss our First Look article.
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By Jason Udy