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.
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.