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Chevrolet has become the proud parents of the most fuel efficient non-hybrid car on the highway, the Chevy Cruze Diesel and its Environmental Protection Agency rating of 46 miles per gallon in highway driving. Sadly though, the car’s ratings suffer greatly around town and in combined driving rating at 27 mpg and 33 mpg respectively.

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel, the Cruze diesel’s main competitor, rates at 42/30/34 highway/city/combined. Meanwhile, Mazda is soon to throw its diesel hat into the ring when its 2014 Mazda6 midsize sedan is released.

The 33-34 mpg combined fuel economy seems to be a common standard for today’s most fuel-efficient non-hybrids, with offerings like the Kia Rio, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, Nissan Versa, and Ford Fiesta falling into this range.  Still, as of now, nothing beats the Cruze’s 2.0L turbo-diesel in highway driving.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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