6 Speed Test Drives

6 SPEED TEST DRIVE: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel

Don’t judge this book by it’s cover.

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel may be small but it’s packed with features you’d typically see on a larger, more luxury car.

Yes, you read that right: It’s a diesel engine car. That said, it offers the performance of a fast car (like a V-6) with the fuel efficiency of a 4-cylinder.

That’s a result of the Cruze Diesel coming equipped with the latest clean diesel technology, which helps reduce emissions without sacrificing power.

As if that wasn’t enough, it also has 10 airbags, 85% of the vehicle is recyclable at the end of the car’s useful life and a Kelley Blue Book Consumer Rating of 8.5 out of 10.

Here are 6 more lifestyle elements we found interesting about the Cruze Diesel.

  1. Mister Telephone Man. The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel comes with six months of free OnStar. Trust us, by the time you burn through that you’ll be addicted. Often, we like to challenge the OnStar folks with unconventional requests. This time we asked for a drive through Starbucks. The OnStar representative put me on hold while she called around to the Starbucks near my car’s GPS location. It’s really like having a concierge in your car.
  2. Do You See What I See? Our test drive model had blind spot notification, which is one of the most useful of car features. A small light on the rear view mirror lights up when another car is lurking in your blind spot. This feature is not standard on the Cruze but it’s well worth the added expense, for the sake of safety.
  3. We Like The Cars That Go Boom. The diesel engine on the Chevrolet Cruze was very noisy. Even though the car was quite compact and easy to fit into parking spaces, it sounded like a big truck. The obvious trade off here is fuel economy since diesel engines tend to do better in that department. Just don’t try to sneak out the house in the middle of the night, unless you actually want to get caught.
  4. Play It Again, Sam. The MyLink system which comes standard in many of the GM vehicles has an interesting, sometimes annoying quirk. Once you connect your cell phone via the USB plug, the system will always play songs from phone unprovoked. It’s cute the first time but if you unplug the phone and plug it in again, you guessed it, the car will switch from XM radio to whatever songs you have on your phone. On the positive side, if you use the dashboard to make an outgoing call the touch-screen will show your cell phone’s profile picture.
  5. On The Down Low. Speaking of the USB port, there is one conveniently located inside the middle armrest and thankfully there is also a notch to allow the USB cable to pass through without getting mangled. With the advent of more in-car technology and more passengers who toting devives that need to be charged, one USB port is a bit skimpy but the pass-through notch is very necessary.
  6. Abracadabra. More and more cars are being built with remote start and given the increase in demand it stands to follow that there would be a commensurate increase in effective distance. The Cruze wins our unofficial prize for largest remote start bubble. It was a godsend on many a cold night. Plus, on one particularly cold morning the windows were icy. We cranked the Cruze from inside and by the time we came out most of the defrosting had been done already.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel
Combined MPG: 33. The more impressive number is 46 MPG on the highway.
Price starts at: $24K
Test drive model: $28K


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