Over 1,300 miles in a diesel-powereed Chevy Cruze between Michigan and West Virginia, our columnist find a deeper appreciation for oil burners.
Chevy Cruze Diesel
The desire for more diesel vehicles on American roads has become a popular talking point among automotive enthusiasts. We hear about the super-efficient, high performance oil burners cruising all over Europe and don't see any reason that they couldn't work here. After all, their high torque figures and great range would seem like a perfect match for US roads, even if their fuel is generally more expensive than gasoline. It looks like General Motors might be listening, though. Steve Kiefer, the a
Volkswagen has gotten pretty comfortable hogging the – admittedly small – non-premium diesel car market in the US. With Golf and Jetta, the German automaker has been the one and only choice for those interested in the torquey, high-mpg merits of turbocharged diesel power.
General Motors has announced the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will return 46 miles per gallon highway based on Environmental Protection Agency estimates, besting original projections by some 4 mpg. As GM points out, the figure is better than "any non-hybrid passenger car in America," including the Volkswagen Passat TDI at 43 mpg and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI at 42 mpg. The Toyota Prius, meanwhile, still bests the Cruze Diesel thanks to the hybrid's 48 mpg highway rating.
As the number of automakers selling diesel vehicles rise, the amount of motorists buying the oil-burning machines will increase, too, claims Jeff Breneman, executive director of the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars. That statement seems to be simple common sense, right? Well, not so much in recent times here in the U.S.