Oh, Canada, indeed. A husband-and-wife team set out to see what kind of fuel economy numbers they could get out of a Chevrolet Cruze Diesel on a transcontinental drive, and they ended up hitting some pretty impressive numbers. The team, according to their Driving.ca blog, averaged 4.3 liters of fuel use per 100 kilometers for their 5,956-kilometer (3,701-mile) jaunt from Vancouver to Halifax. That maps out to about 55 miles per gallon. And the drivers weren't total slow pokes, averaging about 50 miles per hour for the trip.

Chevrolet parent General Motors, which first unveiled the production version of the Cruze Diesel at the Chicago Auto Show in April, estimated that the model would get 42 miles per gallon on the highway, or about the same as the Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel. In addition to the fantastic fuel economy, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine delivers 148 horsepower. But, when it came to our two intrepid Canadians, the Cruze Diesel delivered as advertised, plus an additional 30 percent or so. "We made memories. The marriage survived. Here's to road trip!" the drivers wrote on their blog. Read here for Autoblog's Quick Spin review of the model from late May. At the time, we figured the car would do better than the EPA numbers suggested, but still only managed 44 mpg.


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      lad
      • 2 Years Ago
      God, look at that engine. It has enough wear points and potential breakage to make any dealer happy with the thoughts of keeping his repair bays full all the time. It has been said that a repair bay is worth about 2.5 million a year in income for a car dealership and that car repair is their most lucrative income center. Makes my little old Leaf with its simple driveline not worth selling by a dealer. Anyway you cut it diesels are a march backwards into the past and about as innovative as white socks. Keep 'em in Europe!
        jaguar879
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lad
        Just because you heard something or "it's been said" doesn't make it true.
        Jonathan Ippolito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lad
        Stop posting bogus and fraudulent rumors and lies about this car . You are making yourself look ignorent .
      • 1 Year Ago
      I own one its awesome I average mid 50s mpg with mine 15,000 on it. it has 285 lbs of torque and still gets that mid 50s best was 59.4 mpg going 55 to 60mph for 60 miles and unlike gas motors you be lucky to reach 225,000 out of it I'll be at 5 to 600,000 that's where you really win Charlie sheen;)
      Julius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting in that C&D did their own long-haul on a Cruze diesel and got 44 MPG average, too - though they did more than just hypermile (shrub-pulling would lower MPG, I suppose). Their 747-mile full-to-bone-dry trip though works out to closer to 47.9.
        lad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Julius
        Right you are but it doesn't make it untrue either!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was impressed until I read 50 mph. I have a 2013 Cruze Eco manual, and I recently got 52 mpg going 55-60 mph on a 150-mile trip. I could easily get 55 mpg if I slowed down to 50... and my Eco is $5,000 cheaper than this diesel. Earlier this year on a 1,200-mile trip doing 65-70 mpg on interstates, I got 48 mpg overall. I don't see that great of a mileage benefit from this more expensive diesel engine.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Were they imperial gallons or American gallons?
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drove this car and drive it hard with the intention of pushing it till it broke and nothing broke on it .
      danwat1234
      • 1 Year Ago
      Diesel contains about 14% more energy than gasoline, so, if the diesel car gets 14% more MPG than the gas car on average, it isn't any more efficient, it just has more energy to work with for a given volume of fuel. It remains to be seen what the real world MPG for the diesel Cruze will be, but I think it will be very similar to the VW Jetta/Passat TDI, which averages just 41MPG real world on fuelly.com and also fueleconomy.gov. EDIT: Only 40.4MPG for the Cruze TDI, though this is winter and the engines aren't broken in yet, according to Fuelly. Once you take into account the ~14% energy advantage, the diesel really isn't that much more efficient than it's gas version, which averages about 33MPG (on Fuelly.com). It would be equivalent to 36MPG gasoline equivalent MPG (41/1.14), so not a big difference. Hybridization, electrics and Atkinson cycle gas engines is how to increase fuel economy substantially.
        Freddy T
        • 1 Year Ago
        @danwat1234
        This is the most ass-backwards logic EVER in online history.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's hard to say without more details of the route but I think 50mph average is not very impressive. Google Maps says a similar route can be done at an average 59mph and usually Google is a conservative estimate.
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      I managed 52mpg on a road trip to Austin in my Honda CRZ hybrid. EPA is like 37mpg.
      axiomatik
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure why you guys mention some "estimated 42 mpg" figure. The EPA highway rating is 46mpg.
        Julius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @axiomatik
        They said "Chevrolet parent General Motors... estimated would get 42 mpg", not EPA.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still not green in the slightest. Planet killer on 4 wheels.
        CoolWaters
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Exactly. Until Exxon starts to actually produce bio-diesel this is a joke.
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Less of a planet killer than the Nissan Leaf, probably. 55 miles per gallon X 85% refinery efficiency ~ 47 mpg well to wheels 115 mpg X 93% grid efficiency X 41% electricity generation efficiency ~ 44 mpg well to wheels for a 2013 Nissan Leaf.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          I guess we should stick to combustion engine cars then since that's the solution to global warming... Or maybe not
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          Dave: Power plants don't move, so they put in place systems to move fuel to them efficiently (for coal especially, it's all rail or barge). Much more efficiently than to the tens of thousands of gas stations in the US which use over-the-road trucking. 'The fact is, they're all worse than we give them credit for.' That was not the point you tried to make last time, you were making a comparison between the LEAF and Cruze Diesel, not saying they both suck. And again, you seem to lose track of the portion of electricity that would go into the car that isn't made from petroleum or fossil fuels. Huh. How convenient.
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          "You forgot to incorporate the energy lost transporting oil from the ground to the refinery or fuel from the refinery to the car (and power plant) here." I figured it would be a wash, more or less. You have to transport coal and natural gas to the power plant as well. The fact is, they're all worse than we give them credit for.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          You forgot to incorporate the energy lost transporting oil from the ground to the refinery or fuel from the refinery to the car (and power plant) here. You seemed to lose track of the portion of electricity that would go into the car that isn't made from petroleum.
          m_2012
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          So dumping 75% of the fuel used into the air is good? What about when I make my own electricity and use more than 90% of it, polluting 0?
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