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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Starts at $25,695

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edited September 2014 in Chevrolet

image2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Starts at $25,695

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will start at $25,695 when it goes on sale in the U.S. in May.

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  • darthbimmerdarthbimmer Member Posts: 606
    I'm always pleased to see diesel options offered in the US. Diesel has superior fuel economy, power relative to fuel economy, and reliability. But in this case I'm concerned the price premium is too big for the benefits.
  • lsiiilsiii Member Posts: 15
    I'm curious as to what gasoline trim level it is equivalent to. It says only one model with leather Automatic transmission and 17" wheels, which sounds like a 2LT Automatic that has a base price of 23,135 including destination charge. That's a 2,560 premium. The Jetta TDI has approx. a 2,725 premium over it's gas version. So the pricing is right, but the problem is offering it in only one model with leather. They should offer a basic model with cloth that will offer a broader appeal and price point.
  • emajoremajor Member Posts: 332
    Chevy is really targeting a niche market with this vehicle. $26K for an engine that uses more expensive fuel and yet returns no better mileage than the less expensive Eco gas version.

    Part of the draw with VW diesels was their superior fuel economy to the gas versions, even if the sticker price was much higher. This Cruze doesn't have that advantage.
  • duck87duck87 Member Posts: 649
    It's pretty clear the GM's diesel tech isn't up to VW's level, especially since they need to add a urea injection system (That's easily +$500 on vehicle cost). And unfortunately, the car as it is, without a manual trans and offered in only one model probably won't fare very well against the Germans.

    Oh well, the gas Cruze Eco is pretty good.
  • pei_asdfpei_asdf Member Posts: 5
    Don't really sound like it is an improvement over the standard gas model. Considerably more expensive but no MPG difference.
  • lsiiilsiii Member Posts: 15
    The Jetta Diesel automatic EPA is 30/42, but diesel vehicles in general are known to get significantly better real world mileage than what the EPA puts out. People have routinely seen 50+ mpg with VW diesels. So I don't doubt the Cruze will do better than the EPA. I am a fan of diesels and would take a diesel over a gas or hybrid version of the same vehicle.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Member Posts: 3,159
    42mpg. That's it?
  • bonzjrbonzjr Member Posts: 44
    So if you want a 42-mpg Cruze you can (A) pay several thousand dollars for an upgraded engine or (B) you could learn to drive stick and snag an 'Eco.' Sorry, but I'm not seeing the point here. Maybe the mileage of all Cruze models would be more impressive if the thing didn't weight 300-lbs more than all of its competitors (save for the equally bloated Dart) when similarly equipped.
  • bonzjrbonzjr Member Posts: 44
    Clarification of the above post: I don't see the point of the diesel model specifically at this price. (After witnessing the worst website redesign in internet history, I pretty much never expect Edmunds to figure out how to add the 'edit' feature most forums had in the mid-1990s.)
  • tbone85tbone85 Member Posts: 27
    Talking about a price difference with the Jetta might make more sense if it covered the differences in standard equipment. Malibu might be a better value, or worse. The price difference alone is no where near enough information to make that determination.

    Also, there's nothing on the city rating, so I'm not sure how to draw conclusions against the Eco model.
  • dwmtl1000sdwmtl1000s Member Posts: 1
    I fail to see the market for this $$$ car!
  • major_zero_major_zero_ Member Posts: 8
    Now stick a little diesel in a full size truck. I don't care if it takes 10 seconds to get to 60. I'd walk out the door right now and go buy a new truck If I could get over 35 mpg on the highway in a full size truck. I don't care who makes it, but I'll be the first guy to buy the first little diesel, full size, high mileage truck.

    Please tell me if I'm out of line here, because I've been holding out on purchasing a new truck for the criteria above. Maybe a little diesel wouldn't even get good mileage in a full size truck. Anyone have any thoughts on it?
  • camarozonecamarozone Member Posts: 0
    VW has a track record with small car diesel ! GM, so many times you see them doing what they are doing here they don't make the commitment. Instead of building and testing and developing their own engine they lash up this Fiat engine/drivetrain and all that means if this gets poor acceptance they will can it and in a few years you won't find parts. The price difference alone tells you stay away ! My brother has 2 VW TDI'S and his 04 jetta wagon at 180,000 has been terrific and still gets 51mpg. Parts and service have been top notch. Stick with a gas Cruze, it's getting good marks and is price competitive in the market !
  • daskiing1daskiing1 Member Posts: 0
    I'm sorry, $26k for a diesel cruze? Diesel cars will only become more mainstream when they cost less than this
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