The EPA has released its fuel economy ratings for the all-new 2016 Chevy Cruze. The car is reported to achieve up to 42 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city, depending on transmission and trim level. The 30/42 figure is for cars equipped with automatic transmissions in LS and LT trim levels. The auto-only Premier is rated at 30/40 mpg city/highway. Cars with manual transmissions are rated at 29/41 mpg city/highway.
A press release from Chevrolet points out that, if properly equipped (and driven by someone with a light foot), the Cruze could go 570 miles on a single tank. Impressive and useful for people who dread pulling into a gas station during a sub-zero morning commute. “Offering a maximum highway range of up to 570 miles per tank– you can spend less time at the pump,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars. “The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has more horsepower and torque, and is lighter than the previous generation making it more fun to drive.”
Chevy would also like to mention that the Cruze’s max available highway MPG bests those of competitors such as the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra FE, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and the Volkswagen Jetta. The increased efficiency over previous models is due largely in part to a new 1.4L direct-injected turbo 4-cylinder. The engine is credited with a nearly 250-lb. weight reduction at the front of the car. Also included in the press release was the reminder the upcoming hatchback models (video coming soon) and a diesel variant that will return early in 2017.
Until we can bring you more information on all things Cruze, check out this video of the all-new 2016 Cruze from its debut in Detroit.