If you follow Chevrolet news closely, you might remember a headline from late in the summer. The headline indicated that the EPA may have accidentally spoiled a major Chevy secret by confirming that it had tested a 2019 Chevrolet Cruze with a continuously variable transmission. But before you get excited about a 2019 Chevrolet Cruze CVT offering, we have an update.
Reportedly, Green Car Reports reached out to Chevrolet to do some digging after the EPA announcement. A Chevy spokesperson confirmed the existence of the CVT for the Cruze, however they explained that it would be offered on a small number of Cruze models. All of those models will, alas, be fleet cars.
Not to worry though: The Chevrolet Cruze meant for mass consumption still offers two tremendous transmissions. The 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is paired with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission, which achieves 28 miles per gallon in the city, 38 on the highway, and 32 combined.* The 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and is even more efficient, yielding up to 31 miles per gallon in the city, 48 on the highway, and 37 combined.** These numbers drop slightly in hatchback models.
You can test-drive the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze when you stop by Fred Caldwell Chevrolet.
*EPA-estimated MPG highway for Cruze Sedan with 1.4L 4-cylinder engine and transmission.
**Based on EPA hwy estimate 48 MPG HWY