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The Chevy Cruze Diesel is a Forgotten Fuel Economy Bargain

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author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2018

If you're looking for a used car that gets great gas mileage, you're probably considering the default: A Toyota Prius. Everyone gets a Prius, and for good reason: They're great on gas, they're practical, they're reliable and -- even though they're dull to drive -- they're great, efficient commuter cars.

But here's another option: The Chevy Cruze Diesel.

The Chevy Cruze Diesel was produced in its first generation in 2014 and 2015 before being redesigned and updated into a new model, which is on sale now. The 2014-2015 models are the real bargains, as they offer decent pricing and surprisingly strong fuel economy, all rolled into one.

For decent pricing, consider this: There are currently just under 80 examples of the 2014-2015 Cruze Diesel on Autotrader right now, and the average going rate for one seems to be in the $12,000 range -- far cheaper than the average asking price on Autotrader for a 2014-2015 Prius, which looks to be around $19,000.

Admittedly, yes, the Cruze Diesel doesn't quite have Prius-level gas mileage or practicality, but it's still impressive: While the 2014 Prius gets 51 miles per gallon in city driving and 48 mpg on the highway, the Cruze Diesel gets 27 mpg city/46 mpg hwy, meaning the two cars are nearly identical in highway driving -- and that makes the Cruze Diesel a good choice for fuel-economy-minded shoppers with long commutes.

Yes, the Cruze Diesel is a bit hard to find, as the 80 or so examples on Autotrader are a mere fraction of the inventory of the 2014-2015 Prius, where over 2,000 examples are listed for sale -- but if you're looking for fuel economy at a bargain price, it might be worth finding one of the 80.

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