Hello, world. Goodbye, pump. That is, if you’re driving the 2016 Cruze. It’s official fuel estimates are in and Chevy says the car offers 42 mpg on the highway. So you’ll be spending more time cruising right by those gas stations.
The EPA-estimated 42 mpg rating applies to the L, LS, and LT trims. Chevy’s marketing director Steve Majoros brags that with that rating you can go up to 570 highway miles on one tank. The top Premier trim gets slightly less than the three base models with an EPA estimated 40 mpg highway.
Chevy is also quick to point out how the Cruze’s MPG stacks up to the competition. It says the Cruze gets a better EPA-estimated mpg than fellow compact sedans like the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra FE, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and VW Jetta. To be fair, the ratings are all pretty close though and it depends on how each model is equipped.
The Cruze is Chevrolet’s top-selling model worldwide. It arrived back in 2008 and has since then racked up 4 million sales worldwide. Chevy gave the popular model a complete makeover for 2016.
The Cruze comes standard with a new 1.4-liter direct injection Ecotec turbo engine with 153 horsepower. It gets To help out with fuel economy is a weight drop from the last model. The new 2016 sheds around 250 pounds of weight due to the new leaner design. The stop/start technology brings the city mpg rating up to 30 mpg. Chevy notes that that’s a 7 percent increase over the last model.
In the Cruze’s case less really does seem to be more. Even with the weight reduction it still grows 2.7 inches in length. It drops an inch which helps aerodynamics, which in turns helps with that stellar fuel economy.
The new model is the most connected Cruze yet, too, with a Chevy’s MyLink system. It is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connection programs. Safety is complete with 10 standard airbags. There are more offered safety technologies including side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and forward collision alert.
The 2016 model is on sale now. It starts at $16,620 for the base L model with manual transmission. The LS Automatic starts at $19,120 and the LT Automatic at $21,120. The top Premier model starts at $23,120.
The real big finale comes later this year. That will bring the arrival of the long awaited 2017 Cruze Hatchback and the diesel engine option.