Back in 2014, the Chevy Cruze was the first sedan to offer a diesel engine in the last 28 years. At the time, this original diesel edition was a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that got 44 MPG on the highway and 27 MPG in the city. This initial diesel edition was a driver’s dream in terms of fuel economy, as gas mileage that good saves a pretty sizeable chunk of change over time.
Right now, the 2018 Chevy Cruze comes standard with a 1.4-liter turbo engine that gets 153 horsepower and up to 40 MPG on the highway. While this is definitely a solid engine choice, the 2018 Chevy Cruze also has an available diesel option. This diesel option is packed with power, range, and fuel economy, making this little engine the showstopper for the Chevy Cruze.
We’ll take you through the ins and the outs of the 2018 Chevy Cruze and demonstrate why the optional diesel engine makes it the best choice for this sedan.
The Little Engine that Could
The 2018 Chevy Cruze features an optional 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine. This tiny but mighty engine gets 137 horsepower and packs in 240 lb.-ft. Of torque. For such a small engine, it really packs a powerful punch. Made primarily of aluminum, this little diesel engine is smaller and lighter than its standard gas counterpart.
The diesel engine also has really impressive fuel economy. In the sedan body style, the diesel engine will get you up to 52 MPG on the highway. This means you can get a whopping 702 miles of range on a single tank of gas. Of course, it must be paired with a manual transmission to get this kind of mileage and range, but that’s a small price to pay for such great fuel economy. With these stats, this engine makes the 2018 Chevy Cruze the most fuel-efficient sedan on the road that isn’t a hybrid.
However, even when the diesel engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 Chevy Cruze still gets pretty impressive gas mileage. It is estimated that the Cruze with the diesel engine and the automatic transmission will still get 44 MPG, which still saves a lot of money at the pump.
Other standard power and performance features for the 2018 Chevy Cruze are four-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system. These features will ensure that you enjoy a smooth ride no matter what. But what about aspects of the 2018 Chevy Cruze other than the optional diesel engine and standard performance features? Trust us; the Cruze packs in the features to make it a sedan you’ll want to run out and buy immediately.
The Features That Keep You Safe
The 2018 Chevy Cruze is one of the safest sedans out there, whether you opt for the available safety features or stick with the standard package. With the optional safety packages, the Cruze has a five-star safety rating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The 2018 Chevy Cruze comes standard with a rear vision camera, ten airbags, a high strength steel safety cage, and a free trial of OnStar’s safety and security plan. This OnStar system will have a representative call you if an accident occurs to make sure that you and your passengers are okay and ask if you need emergency services. Even if you are unable to respond, the representative will still send emergency personnel to get you taken care of as soon as possible. No matter what might happen on the road, the 2018 Chevy Cruze has got you covered.
In addition to the standard safety features, there are a number of available driver assist technologies and active safety features that will keep you safe and even prevent accidents from occurring. Available safety features include Forward Collision Alert, Rear Park Assist, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. These innovative systems will all work together to prevent accidents from occurring by alerting you of any impending obstacles or dangers, so you have time to react and respond to whatever life throws at you.
The Tech You Want
In addition to its impressive performance, fuel economy, and safety, the 2018 Chevy Cruze also has all of the convenient technology features you want in your vehicle. The Cruze comes standard with Chevrolet MyLink and a seven-inch diagonal color touch-screen that allows you to easily access music, maps, and more, providing you with a top of the line infotainment system. MyLink also works with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ so you can access your smartphone’s music, maps, contacts, and more. MyLink also provides a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, so you don’t have to worry about eating up your smartphone’s data plan. Finally, as if all of the features packed into MyLink weren’t enough, the 2018 Chevy Cruze also has a six-speaker sound system and free trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. No matter where you go, you’ll stay connected to the world, which is essential for today’s busy and on-the-go lifestyle.
As you can see, the 2018 Chevy Cruze has a lot of features in addition to the power and performance of the optional diesel engine. If you want to get the most out of your 2018 Chevy Cruze, the diesel engine is essential, as are the optional advanced safety features and driver assist technologies. To learn more about the inventory of 2018 Chevy Cruze at your local Chevy dealership, look online, call, or visit in person. If you don’t see a model on-site with the specific features you’re looking for, you can always talk to your dealership and see if they can special order what you want or if they can upfit their existing inventory so that you can get exactly what you want out of your Chevy Cruze. If you visit in person, you can test drive a 2018 Cruze. Once you test drive a 2018 Chevy Cruze, you won’t want to settle for anything less.