Now arriving in showrooms, the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze officially lays claim to being one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class. Larger but nearly 250 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the newest Cruze boasts a stellar 42 mpg EPA highway mark in L, LS and LT trims when fitted with the new direct-injected 153-horsepower/1.4-liter turbocharged engine backed by an optional 6-speed automatic. That combo also nets 30 mpg in the city thanks to start/stop technology. Each of those numbers drops by one mpg on versions with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox.

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Of its non-hybrid/non-EV rivals, the new Cruze’s highway number is matched by only the 2016 Ford Focus with a turbocharged 3-cylinder and a manual transmission and the 2017 Honda Civic Sedan with a 1.5-liter turbo four mated to a CVT. Currently Chevy’s second-best-selling passenger car, the Cruze Sedan adds a Hatchback this fall along with a more fuel-efficient turbodiesel. 

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