Drove the new Chevy Cruze diesel yesterday

begreen Posted By begreen, Jun 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

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  1. Highbeam

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Dec 28, 2006
    Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
    Picture didn't work for me but you make a great point. With cheaper engine, cheaper fuel, quieter engine, manual trans availability, and nearly the same mpg I think it wise to consider the gas along with the diesel.

    In researching the various consumer outlets for the diesel cruze none of them mention a high noise level. They all gripe about no manual trans option and no wagon option.
  2. 343amc

    Feeling the Heat 2.

    Nov 23, 2005
    West Michigan
    I fixed the picture. Not sure what happened there but I did something wrong.

    I like the HP and torque numbers for the diesel. The 1.4L gas engine could use a bit more grunt to it, but it is what it is - an economy car, so I don't expect to be passing cars while going up hills with the AC blowing on max. I hope for GM's sake that the small diesel works out well for them. I'm sure I'm not the only person in the US that immediately thinks of the 5.7 liter diesel when they hear "GM" and "diesel" in the same sentence. A lot has changed in 30 years though.
  3. begreen

    Mooderator 2.
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    Nov 18, 2005
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Car reviews often tend to be on the bland side. I like truth about cars.com for more objective reports. In all of the reviews I have read they only mention that the diesel Cruze has extra sound insulation. It works, going downhill the car is super quiet. But open the windows for normal driving and there is no mistaking that this is a diesel. There is a good looking wagon variant sold in Europe. That would be a smart move if they sold it here.
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