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Class: Compact Car
Miles driven: 364
Fuel used: 10.8 gallons
America’s relationship with the versatile, practical hatchback has been a decidedly on-and-off affair.
During the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was “on.” Virtually every mainstream manufacturer offered one. But they were usually the cheapest cars you could find, and thus garnered a negative image that screamed, “I bought the cheapest car I could find.” Hardly a prestigious statement. As a result, their numbers dwindled during the ‘90s and remained low for the next couple of decades.
Class: Compact Car
Miles Driven: 417
Fuel Used: 14.8 gallons
It’s going to be hugely confusing some years down the road, because there are now two completely different versions of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.
Last fall, Chevrolet introduced the 2016 edition of the Cruze as the “Cruze Limited.” What we now know is that the name modification was an attempt to differentiate it from the upcoming redesigned Cruze, which recently debuted as a “late” 2016 model.
The 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit marked the public debut of the hatchback version of Chevrolet’s redesigned Cruze compact car.
2015 Chevrolet Trax
NEW YORK — Chevrolet announced its new entry into the compact SUV market at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is a pint-sized 4-door wagon that is based on the same front-wheel-drive platform as the Buick Encore small SUV. (Like Encore, Trax will offer all-wheel drive as well.) Trax also shares Encore’s turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission, with a horsepower number that shouldn’t differ from the Encore’s rating of 138.
Chevrolet’s Cruze compact sedan, introduced to replace the Cobalt in 2011, has been a big hit in the U.S. It has also been a big hit in Europe. And few cars of this size get to be a big hit in Europe without a diesel engine. Cruze diesel mileage:
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At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, General Motors introduced the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel—the company’s first diesel-fueled passenger car in the U.S. in more than 30 years. Today, GM declared that the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Cruze TD has been EPA estimated at 46 mpg highway, which trumps fuel-economy estimates for non-hybrid passenger cars, including all competing diesels.
Just before the introduction of the Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Consumer Guide sat down with Chevy’s marketing director for small cars, Cristi Landy, to talk about what’s behind the brand’s first U.S.-market diesel passenger car in more than three decades.