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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Will Deliver 46 MPG

Highway mileage near match for Toyota Prius.

by on Apr.18, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will have the highest highway mileage rating of any non-hybid passenger car sold in the U.S.

Sedan buyers looking to get hybrid-level fuel economy without having to actually opt for a hybrid vehicle now have a new alternative – the EPA giving the new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel a 46 mpg rating on the highway.

That comes in ahead of the Toyota Prius V, matches the smaller Prius C – and falls just 1 mpg short of Ford’s 47 mpg Fusion Hybrid. But, as is often the case, highway mileage alone can be misleading.

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The “Clean” Cruze is General Motors’ first diesel-powered passenger car in roughly three decades to be sold in the U.S. market. The maker “harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” said the project’s chief engineer Gary Altman. As with its key competitors, about half of all the vehicles GM sells in Europe use diesel power.


Average Auto’s Fuel Economy Rising Fast

Hybrids the only segment where mileage dropped.

by on Feb.07, 2012

The mileage of the average diesel -- like this Porsche Cayenne diesel -- rose almost 10 mpg since 2008, according to a new study.

After years of little growth, the fuel economy of the typical new car sold in the U.S. is now rising rapidly, according to a new study that found that new vehicles are getting an average 14% better mileage than just four years ago.

For all 2012 light-duty vehicles. including cars, pickup trucks, minivans, vans and SUVs, the average miles per gallon is 21.5, compared to 18.9 mpg for model year 2008 vehicles, according to a new study by the University of Michigan. The averages were 21.2 for 2011, 20.7 for 2010 and 19 for 2009, the study said.

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That figure is an average of all the vehicles on the road but when weighted to reflect actual market demand, the shift away from large, gas-guzzling trucks to smaller, more efficient passenger cars and crossover, the shift is even more obvious, raising the average by another one to two miles per gallon.

The typical car sold in 2011 got 22.5 mpg, up from 20.8 mpg as recently as 2008.