Most Efficient Non-Hybrid Car

April 21, 2013

EPA ratings of the newly introduced Chevrolet 2014 Cruze were 46 MPG at highway speeds and 27 mpg within residential areas. In combined driving, the rating was at 33 mpg. The turbo-powered, clean-diesel engine was stated to be more efficient than other engines that power passenger cars with  onventional sources of energy. The diesel design will be available for purchase in some select regions this spring season, while it will hit the Canadian market at the start of fall.

Technical Specifications

The tech specs of the car include a 6-speed transmission gear, which is automatic and on a full tank of gas, the car is estimated to cover about 700 miles (about 10 driving hours). Chief Engineer of the Cruze, Gary Altman, said that the 2-liter engine was designed using expert experience that has been accumulated over the years. It has also been made to adapt to the conditions of the North American market. He praised the Cruze engine, saying that it is undoubtedly the best in the current market and will reshape consumers’ view on efficient fuel consumption.

Compared to the Jetta

The car’s minimum price is $ 25,695 and the carmaker, General Motors, say that the car is a much better value for money than the VW Jetta TDI automatic. Jetta comes with an engine power of 140 hp and its highway speed rating is at 42 mpg. In comparison, the Cruze has larger wheels, a longer car warranty, a better infotainment system and even a maintenance plan for two years. While looking at its performance, the Cruze challenges its rivals with a bhp (basic horsepower) of 148 and can start from a complete stop to 60 miles per hour in 8.6 seconds. The Jetta however, outshines the Chevy when it comes to residential driving since it is rated higher at 30 mpg. Currently, the automatic Jetta can be purchased with $24,885

The compact, four-door sedan is also more environmentally friendly as compared to its predecessors, since its nitrogen oxide and other harmful particle emissions is 90% less. The cars mpg rating and fuel economy matches that of the Toyota Prius C subcompact, a hybrid car. As it stands, over two million cars of the entire Cruze family have been bought worldwide since the first in the line was introduced in 2010. The turbo diesel had been unveiled at the recent Chicago motor show and the rating was actually 4 mpg higher than the earlier estimations and predictions.




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