The automaker’s all new, second generation compact class model has been trialed and tested and the mileage numbers for the United States market are now official.
The 2016 Cruze has managed to shave off quite a lot of weight compared to its predecessor – close to 250 pounds (113 kilograms) – and coupled with the increased efficiency powertrains the compact sedan is now more frugal. According to EPA estimates the Cruze can return 42 miles per gallon on the highway. This figure is valid for the L, LS, and LT trims, with the flagship Premier slightly down to 40 mpg. Chevrolet of course bragged its highway result for the first three versions will top segment rival credentials: VW Jetta (40 mpg), Hyundai Elantra (37 mpg), Mazda3 (41 mpg), Nissan Sentra FE (40 mpg), and the four-cylinder Ford Focus (40 mpg).
O na full tank of gasoline the Cruze will go without a refuel for up to 570 miles (917 kilometers) and city driving is also easier now thanks to the EPA-estimated 30 mpg return, an increase of 7 percent over the previous generation model. When the model hits the dealerships the 2016 Cruze will have under the hood an all-new turbocharged, 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine sending out 153 horsepower (113 kilowatts) and 177 pound-feet (240 Newton meters) of torque to a standard six-speed manual gearbox, or an optional six-speed automatic. We’re also trusting Chevrolet to post similar figures for the 2017 Cruze hatchback scheduled to reach dealerships this fall.