Owning the distinction of being the only contemporary American four-door sedan with a diesel engine, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze has but one direct competitor in the domestic marketplace, Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI. In its favor, the Cruze offers remote start and a leather interior treatment—two features the German sedan does not have. The Cruze’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel powerplant makes 151 horsepower and 264 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is the standard offering. Other features of the diesel-powered Chevy include handsome styling, and a pleasant interior treatment. You’ll also find full power accessories, Bluetooth, and keyless entry—all as standard equipment. On the options list is a sunroof, a rearview camera, keyless start, automatic climate control, cruise control, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. Optional safety features include rear park assist, and blind spot monitoring. OnStar fits the Cruze Diesel with automatic crash notification, on demand roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle retrieval. NHTSA ranks the Cruze with five stars in crash testing, while the IIHS awarded the Cruze its top “good” rating in all tests except the small overlap frontal offset test. In that one the Cruze scored “marginal”, one step above the IIHS’ lowest score.