2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Will Cut A Hole In Your Wallet, Here’s Why
A couple of days ago, we went to a preview of the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze Diesel and were amazed by the 1.6L Ecotec turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine. This cannot be helped as the 1.6L unit offers a decent performance while also returning superb fuel economy.
Chevrolet told us that the Cruze Diesel can return 37mpg combined 52mpg highway and this makes it the most fuel efficient compact vehicle that does not rely on a hybrid setup.
Everything Chevrolet said to us is true but this is with the exception of price. The dealer mentioned that the diesel engine on the Cruze gives it a much lower running cost but our research tells us something different.
If you are to look at the current oil price, a regular petrol cost $2.20 whereas diesel costs at about $2.45. Say you drive an average of 12,000 miles a year on a petrol-powered Cruze, you will spend about $800 based on the car’s combined mpg. The diesel is definitely cheaper as you will spend about $794.59.
Now, take into account that you will have to pay about $5,000 more for the Cruze Diesel. It would mean that you will need to drive the car for 833 years in order for you to turn your diesel decision into a sound one. Obviously, this is not going to happen hence we can say that the Cruze Diesel is not a wise choice.
The only way for you to get the Cruze Diesel to work is if your daily driving mostly involves highway. The difference in highway mpg between the Cruze Diesel and Petrol is huge that you only need 52 years to make your purchase worthwhile.