Chevy 46 mpg: The Chevy Cruze compact sedan’s diesel model can get 46 miles per gallon on the highway, meaning it would get the best gas mileage of any non-hybrid car in the United States.
“We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” Gary Altman, chief engineer of Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, said in a release obtained by The Detroit News. “The Cruze Diesel is the best diesel passenger car out there. Chevrolet is redefining the meaning of great fuel economy with this car.”
The vehicle’s 46 miles per gallon rating, which will be approved by the government, is better than the previous expectations of 42 miles per gallon.
In the city, the car gets 27 miles per gallon and 33 miles per gallon in mixed driving.
The highway mileage rating gives the Cruze a boost over the rival Volkwsagen Jetta TDI’s diesel model. However, the Jetta gets 30 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon in mixed driving.
Chevy told the Detroit News that the Cruze can travel 700 miles on the highway on one full tank.
The Cruze diesel, which only comes in automatic, begins at $25,695 and the Jetta TDI starts at $24,885, while a manual starts at $23,795, according to USA Today.
GM announced the U.S. EPA’s fuel economy numbers for the diesel Cruze Wednesday.
At 46 mules per gallon, the diesel Cruze matches the highway fuel economy of the Toyota Prius C subcompact. But the regular Prius hybrid still does better, at 48 miles per gallon.
The diesel Cruze goes on sale next month in Baltimore, Milwaukee and other markets where diesels are popular. It arrives in the rest of the U.S. and Canada this fall.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.