2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, with manual transmission, delivers an EPA-estimated, segment-leading 42 miles per gallon on the highway and 28 mpg on city streets. That means the all-new Chevrolet Cruze Eco, in dealer showrooms mid-December, beats all non-hybrid segment competitors for highway mileage. In addition, the Cruze Eco with stick gets better fuel economy than the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid.

As a global vehicle, the Cruze went on sale in Asia and parts of Europe in March 2009, and has already sold nearly 300,000 units in more than 60 countries. The subcompact Cruze replaces the aging Chevrolet Cobalt, a US-only model, for the 2011 model year. The Eco will be manufactured in Lordstown, Ohio alongside the rest of the Cruze lineup—LS, LT, and LTZ models already on sale—and is one of the few compact cars built in the U.S. for the 2011 model year.

In the States, a new Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will power the Cruze Eco. The Chevy Volt employs the same 1.4-liter engine to power its onboard electric generator, although that installation does without the turbocharger. At 138 horsepower (hitting the magic 100 horsepower-per-liter mark), the little sedanlette is estimated to scoot to 60 mph from a standstill in 10 seconds with the manual transmission, and nine seconds with the six-speed automatic.

Both manual and automatic transmissions offer six speeds, a major advance over earlier subcompacts that made do with four-speed automatics and four or five gears. No surprise that the Cruze is front-wheel-drive.

Technology: Turbocharging, Less Weight, Overdrive, Better Aero

This hybrid-like fuel economy can be attributed in part to the 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine. While turbocharging has long been known to make a small displacement engine powerful enough and extremely efficient, the Ecotec 1.4L turbo uses a unique, integrated turbocharger and exhaust manifold. The design incorporates the turbocharger’s turbine housing into the exhaust manifold as a single component. It requires fewer parts, is lighter than a conventional system—less weight improves fuel economy—and helps the engine warm up faster, which benefits emissions performance.

Working in unison with the engine is a cleverly engineered, specially geared six-speed manual transmission; the Cruze Eco’s fourth, fifth, and sixth gears have been set to overdrive for improved fuel economy.

Improved aerodynamics is another key strategy. The Eco version of the Cruze uses lower grille air shutters that aid the car’s aerodynamics. It uses sensors to sense wind and temperature conditions. Electric motors hooked to the sensors open and close the shutters, closing them at high speeds to reduce drag. At lower speeds, they are open to let in more air to cool the engine. That cool system adds nearly a half-mile per gallon of fuel economy. Other functional add-ons include specific front grille closeouts, a lowered front fascia air dam, mid-body aero panels, a deck lid spoiler, a lowered suspension, and ultra low-rolling resistant tires on lightweight aluminum wheels. The use of high-strength steel across the Cruze line helps to reduce mass and weight.

First Drive

Earlier this year, we got behind the wheel of an engineering prototype, which was about 85 percent representative of the final-product, at GM’s proving grounds in Milford, Mich. What did it feel like?

Even though the Cruze Eco will be marketed as a compact, nothing about it felt cheap or undersized to us. The car had the exterior dimensions, cabin space, trunk volume, amenities, and overall presence of a quality midsize sedan.

Chevrolet Cruze Eco

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

The Cruze Eco showed no signs of lag, and off-the-line performance was strong. The same goes for highway speeds, with the added note that the engine is very quiet. GM applied 18 distinctive acoustical treatments to ensure the Cruze rides free of most engine and road noise. Manual shifts were seamless with quick gear engagement in all shifting scenarios. The split between ride and handling was even. The Cruze is agile, but not particularly athletic—while the ride is comfortable, although not cushy.

The Eco model is not only getting attention for its efficiency, it’s also getting noticed for decent looks. Motor Trend reports that the Eco model will ride on a dropped suspension. “Equipped thus, and riding on unique—and not altogether unattractive—multispoke 17-inch wheels, the Eco model actually winds up being one of the nicest-looking Cruze models we’ve yet seen.”

Designed to go head-to-head with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus, when it comes to cabin and cargo space the Cruze Eco is the clear leader. Passenger volume is 95 cubic feet, besting the Honda Civic’s 91 cu. ft., the Toyota Corolla’s 92 cu. ft. and the 93 cu. ft. in the Ford Focus. Trunk volume, at 15.4 cubic feet, dwarfs the Civic’s 12.0, the Corolla’s 12.3 and the Focus at 13.8.

Chevrolet Cruze Eco

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

So, what can you expect for the $18,175 price tag in addition to 42-mpg highway mileage? Chevrolet hasn’t released a complete list of standard amenities, but you can expect at least the following: power windows and locks with remote keyless entry, air conditioning, tilt-telescoping steering wheel, an eight-way (manual) adjustable driver seat, an AM/FM/CD sound system and three months free XM Satellite radio, auxiliary input for MP3 players and OnStar with six months’ free service.

Chevrolet states that the Cruze is engineered for a five-star rating, though it has not been tested. Outside the U.S., the Cruze has achieved a top safety rating on three continents. In addition to the 10 airbags, the Eco’s standard safety hardware includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control with rollover sensing and traction control.

In addition to the Eco model, there are three other editions. The LS is powered by a 1.8-liter in-line four that makes 136 hp and 123 lbs.-ft. of torque and returns 22 mpg city and 35 highway with an optional six-speed automatic transmission. The LT, which gets the 1.4-liter turbo four, is actually comprised of 1LT ($18,175) and 2LT ($20,675) trim levels. At the top is the LTZ, also with turbo power, priced at $21,295.

Getting Past 40

Granted, the 42 mpg is for the highway and it is easier to increase than the city value, as aerodynamics play such a large role in highway fuel economy. But still, the Cruze Eco is the only gasoline-powered car in its class that can make that claim—at the moment. Ford’s smaller 2011 Fiesta is already a member of the 40-mpg highway club and Hyundai says its soon-to-arrive 2011 Elantra will join.

Domestic automakers are finally delivering fuel-efficient, economical, conventional small cars that can get 40+ mpg. With quality fuel-efficient small gas cars like the Chevy Cruze Eco, and the Ford Fiesta, finding their way to dealer showrooms, one question remains: Are American car buyers, who have traditionally viewed small as less, ready to make a shift?

Prices are Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) at the time of publication and do not include destination charges, taxes or license fees.

 


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  • Lad

    An ICE only car on your site? Why?

  • sergal

    “Are American car buyers, who have traditionally viewed small as less, ready to make a shift?”

    How stupid that question is!

  • JamesDavis

    I always said that hybrids are another big nasty joke the domestic automakers is playing on the American people so they can continue their fossil fuel polluting machines. Why is the American people tolerating this fiasco from our domestic automakers?

  • Old Man Crowder

    Yeah, but James… You get 3 months of free XM radio!! How can you pass up that kind of deal??

    I think I get better average mileage in my 04 Vibe.

  • Old Man Crowder

    BTW… insert dripping sarcasm when reading my first statement, in case you can’t tell.

  • usbseawolf2000

    This highlights how much a good hybrid system can improve MPG even on the highway. Prius with 1.8 liter gas engine does 48 MPG on the highway, yet this Cruze Eco with 1.4 liter does only 42 MPG on a manual tranny.

  • Dom

    Well, it’s about time somebody (in the US) uses all the fuel-economy “hybrid” tricks on a regular power train car. It annoys me that a lot of what goes into making hybrids fuel-efficient are marketed as “hybrid” but really have nothing to do with the power train at all. Another good example of a non-hybrid using these techniques is VW’s Bluemotion line in Europe. I’m especially happy to see a well designed manual transmission getting the attention it deserves, which is unusual in the US. I hope this Cruze Eco sells well. And then perhaps VW will bring their Bluemotion models here too.

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  • Anonymous

    why can’t i see the eco cruze on chevy’s web site

  • jewboy82

    The same reason your still driving one of those “fossil fuel polluting machines.” There are no other viable options for Americans that want to be more eco-friendly and still have a car. I don’t have a car so that keeps your “so do you” reply to a minimum.

    America is owned by big oil and big auto companies. Since the days of their discoveries America has been a slave to these two inventions. Prime example is LA. Many years ago they turned down a FREE monorail system for the ENTIRE CITY, opting for buses instead. Now LA is considered one of the “smoggiest” cities in the world.

    Face the facts. Unless YOU or someone YOU PERSONALLY know is calling the shots and is in favor of eco-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels then it will NEVER change.

  • Lindsey Angell

    A Prius rides like an Ironing board! Have you ever ridden in a Prius? What a joke…even a Honda rides much better. No secret that Chevrolet and Toyota Joined forces several decades ago…
    You want a great ride look at Aptera. If you don’t mind a little less power look at some of the new trikes available in the USA…

  • Parag

    Despite the major competition that the RS and Eco models of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze are facing, it banks on the fuel economy that this model delivers as its major source of strength that will enable it to compete. It is packed with safety and functional features to ensure that you enjoy a relaxing and safe ride with this vehicle.

  • iwasgointo

    At this point in time, what do you think are better alternatives?

  • David Brower

    It would be nice if the Cruze Eco existed in the wild — I’ve been checking dealier inventory for 3 months, and haven’t seen a one.

    Anyone seen one for real?

  • khushi

    I will point out the obvious, the larger cars in this class weigh more. The cars in this class that have a somewhat rigid chassis and some premium content weigh more. The 3 series may have an I6 engine but aside from that there is no reason its justified in weighing 3300+ lbs compared to the 3100lbs of the Cruze. The engine probably weighs 100-150lbs more than what’s in the Cruze and that explains most of the weight gap. Put an I4 in the 3 series and it woudl weigh as much as the Cruze. The Kizashi probably has a stiff chassis because its been lauded for its handling so far. It also has a lot of upscale content which ads weight. The 1.4L turbo is acceptable for this kind of car. Its not going to win any drag races but its as aquequate as what you get in Civic and Corolla. I think its funny that people really believe curb weight is something buyers care about. When people shop for the Cruze they arent going to ask about the curb weight. If the car seems refined, quiet and handles well than test drivers will be impressed and that’s what counts.
    http://www.carsfind.net

  • Hardy

    The car is under 20 grand, its getting good reviews, is good on gas, and isn’t bad to look at for what it is: A point A to point B mode of transportation. All the talk about “drag racing a Civic” or “luxury” is nonsense. Average Joe/Jane needs an affordable car, with decent interior room and trunk space that won’t kill them at the pump. This car should be a winner for Chevrolet.

  • Anonymous

    saw one at the chicago auto show, nice.

  • New owner

    I bought a Cruze eco model about two weeks ago. I can’t believe I’m averaging 39 mpg in mixed driving in hill country on the first two tanks of gas. I would have been happy with 29 in the kind of driving I do in hilly terrain of SW Pennsylvania. The car does seem to kind of glide without much effort and I drive it conservatively on the highway letting it coast down hills at times around the speed limit–often having to slow it down a bit. The high range gears also pull hills better than I expected–even the 6th gear. The car is also fun to drive in the city where I work and must commute during the work week. It is quick, with more feedback and precise handling than I’d expected even after a test drive. So far this car is exceeding expectations, particularly in the fuel efficiency and fit/finish categories. I could see it easily doing an average of 45 mpg on a long highway trip, driving at reasonable speeds.

  • Bill Capowski

    I like the Cruze Eco, but I have trouble believing anyone is getting 39 in mixed city/highway hilly country. Frankly, I doubt it.

    I got 31.7 for my first tank of gas in mixed (mostly highway) driving in a mostly flat area of New York. I am frankly thrilled!

    I have been driving a gas guzzling Impala for the previous four years and this is a breath of fresh air. The internal blue tooth is quite good, quality wise. I can hear and be heard, which is a major concern of mine with bluetooth/headphones/ear-pieces.

  • New owner

    I know it is hard to believe–I keep redoing the math on it 10.5 gallons used 416 miles traveled. Maybe I’m screwing this up. This review of the Cruze eco kind of describes what I’m talking about.

    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2011/02/20/chevy-cruze-eco-58-mpg-no-hybrid-magic.aspx

    Just drove it in about 4 inches of snow and it handled that better than expected. I though that would be a weak spot.

  • M Munn

    I had a 95 prizm that got 40mpg with the 1.6 L 5 speed

  • M Munn

    I had a 95 prizm that got 40mpg with the 1.6 L 5 speed

  • Anonymous

    Went to the dealer yesterday (Sunday), they had 2. I bought one of them today. (with $1000 loyalty bonus). Im a 6 footer and still had 2-3 inches of headroom.

  • Chuck

    If GM would extend their powertrain warranty to 10 years/100000 miles like Hyundai and Kia they would project a little more confidence in their products. The Hyundai Elantra is better looking, provides more features and has more horsepower and a better warranty than the Cruze!

  • Norm

    bought one yesterday I really like it been driving around got about 200 miles hills and stop and go 29.4 I am also a big guy and lots of room nice fit shifter real smooth and perfect spot I was waiting at dealer before car got there bought it right off truck test drove one day before found color on build your own Chevy web site then located car nice wheels aerodynamic I do have to shift alot stay low on hills there are six so kinda expect that traded old pt cruzer about 20 mpg dodge ram 13 mpg c harper dealer where I bought my Chevy cruze eco they had a couple I got the dark blue with leather steering wheel package 18889.00 prob could have done better but I was standing there waiting for the car at 9 am to come off truck kinda gave it away I was buying Ok cu good luck

  • Spenco

    NO WAY! And Vibes Highway mpg same as the Cruze city mpg

  • Spenco

    Maybe because performs better than most hybrids

  • Spenco

    Just drove LS and LT which are close very nice drive they are selling as fast as they can get him here.And we are close to the plant. Like to see this technolosy in Malibu too. Love my 2006 Escape Hybrid but do worry about yrs down line replacing those hybrid parts. Less concern with something like the Cruze.

  • Spenco

    Yea my friend got in my Escape hybrid and was amazed how comfortable it was. He said wow it drives like a regular car. LOL well shouldnt it?

  • Spenco

    Woops ! My friend has a Prius. Powder blue of course LOL . Just an overprised cheap car. He would have to drive 20 yrs to maybe save enough for difference because he doesnt even drive that far. Meanwhile not comfortable

  • Spenco

    In a Prizm? not on Reg basis maybe one way! and doors were like 2 inches wide like a tin can.

  • New owner

    I got one with Black Granite Metallic–wasn’t sure about black but ended up loving the paint on this. Looks good dirty and great clean.

    After a month and 1500 miles in a Cruze 6spd Eco model, I am still averaging over 36mpg on every tank in mixed driving, including daily city commute.

  • KenJr

    Had a Prius .. Have a Cruze Eco w/ manual transmission. Prius averaged 44 mpg combined, my Eco gets 44 on on the highway but more like 32 in stop and go driving.

    Other comparisons:

    The Prius has more back seat leg room. The Cruze is quieter. The Cruze is significantly more fun to drive (quicker off the line and surprising agile and flat on the twisties). The Cruze has the better sounding audio system (quite a lot better). The Prius climbs hills without having to manually shift down (then again, I’ll take the manual shifting over that CV transmission climb-a-hill high rev engine noise any time). Surprisingly, I prefer the Cruze instrumentation (that’s something I really liked on the Prius). The Prius, of course, has that excellent Toyota based reputation for reliability. Hopefully the Cruze will follow suit. After all, this is Chevy’s supposed turn-around car. Long term reliability though will tell for sure if this turn-around is real.

  • KENNY POWERS

    Hey I test drove the regular cruze back in december, and i am a big fan of forced induction as my other car is a turbo 300zx. It came with a 100k mile warranty, plus plenty of power with great gas mileage. I told the chevy dealer that i really liked the car and that all i needed was a manual transmission to buy that thing. Unfortunately the closest cruze with a manual trans was 600 miles away and the dealer did not want to go through the hassle of shipping it in…
    So i bought a honda CRZ with 6-speed which is @ least 5X funner to drive and it’s doing a combined average of 37.4 with me driving like a complete a$$hole :)
    All i wanna know is why hasn’t ANY car company combined TurboDieselHybrid tech all in one? I’d imagine in a small car you’d be able to get around 75-85 MPG with TDH tech just sayin.

  • chris sanders

    Um, GM does have a 5 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. In 5 years, most people will hit close to 100,000 miles so it’s kind of the same thing.

  • wyatt

    yes the cruze has a 1.4 but, that 1.4 has a turbo and puts out 138 hp vs 98 for the prius.

  • freak000

    It seems GM is promoting the Cruze Eco highly but doesn’t indicate its a stick shift. I bought a Hyundai Elantra with a six speed auto and alot of power equipment for $18500. This includes a 100000 mile ten year power train warranty. EPA is 40 mpg and driving the PA turnpike in the Pgh area I have been averagiing 38 mpg. Some of this is RT22 in busy Monroeville Pa.
    I set the cruise at 64 and drive four exits averaging 50 miles each way. I didn’t look at a cruze since the design was so conservative. Its like driving a older car.

  • Anonymous

    XM will continue to bill you year after year even when you request to be disconnected.

  • ac5501

    I guess that is to even out vehicles like mine where for some reason the satellite radio that came with it (used car) has worked from day one. I’m not calling Sirrius to find out why :)

  • devonn williams

    car is ugly ill put some 4s on that bitch

  • a62dave

    My 1984 Chevy Cavalier (2.0 liter, 3-speed auto with lockup torque converter) was getting 36 MPG highway. That was over a quarter century ago! This review says the Cruze Eco with the automatic suffers a 5 MPG penalty, so it gets only 37 MPG highway. Are you telling me we should celebrate an in crease of only one MPG in over the course of the past 27 years? C’mon! This is sad.

  • Derek

    Toyota Vibe :-)

  • Amanda

    LOVE my Cruze Eco… get more like 48 HWY (it all depends on how you drive) You can always improve the MPG by using the ‘Instanteous MPG’… awesome feature.. Even with about 50% HWY and 50% city driving, I am averaging about 36-38MPG… which is a LOT better than the 18MPG I was getting on my S-10.

  • Amanda

    Perhaps you should conduct some homework before purchasing a vehicle. I chose the cruze eco because it was a manual transmission… which I knew ahead of time. I am averaging 38mpg with 50% city and 50% Hwy… so far, this blows away any of the competition.. AND it was made and manufactured in America….

  • Mark Spence

    I know that a Auto transmission won’t get 42mpg but it should still get 40.

  • Jay

    Lets give credit were credit is due. I have had import cars since I could drive. Had cars with turbos and one na . The first american car that I belive can not only compete but be ahead of the japaness imports will be the chevy cruz. Its eye appel and good gas mpg should make this car an instant hit. This will be my first american car. thank you chevy .

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  • Henk in Cali

    I have owned my new Chevy Cruze Eco for about 2 months now and I am simply blown away. Chevy absolutely got it right this time. In mixed freeway hilly terrain I get 43 MPG. On the freeway I get 44 MPG. Of course this depends a bit on the driving style. The looks are fabulous, the suspension feels nice European-like, the safety rating with 10 air bags is great, the size is large (I am 6’3), very big trunk space too, and the little but powerful 1.4 liter turbocharged engine is so quiet! What a fantastic car and what great value for the price. Fun to drive and very comfortable. Great job Chevy I love it.

  • TRM044

    Henry Ford had it right, one model one color.

    For the past 70 plus years the auto industry dumps cars on the market like we’re buying shirts and shoes!

    They flood the market with ever size and amenity conceivable, then like Wal-Mart getting ready for Christmas, they start selling next years models in June.

    So here we are with used cars and can’t afford the new cars. I bought a new Cruze eco in March and already GM is hawking the new and improved 2012′s.

    I should have taken my money (paid cash) and bought a 65 ford or Chevy… sold my 67 Mustang 428ci in 1990 :( BIG MISTAKE!

    So I put around in my new ECO and enjoy the ride, if the road well traveled gets to rough, I slow down SPEED LIMIT doesn’t mean you have to drive that fast.

    The only green people live in Ohio and drive 1 horse powered black buggies.

  • prioris

    I just got thru refurbishing my 1999 Saturn SL1 SOHC. It has over 200K miles on it. It averages 30 in mixed driving. It gets 36 on highway. Imagine a 12 year old car still being at top of mileage rating. I had a car in the early 70s that got very high mileage too. Don’t you sense something is wrong. Do you sense the gargantuan lies.

    Automobiles have been technologically stagnating for at least the last 50 years in terms of fuel mileage. It is an absolute disgrace.

    Of course, behind the scenes, the government military/security agencies tells the auto companies what they are allowed to produce in terms of efficiency. This is so they can keep you enslaved. They also keep advanced energy technology suppressed.

    Using terms like “fossil fuel” is another lie since the earth is filled with an unlimited supply of oil and energy having little to do with fossils that should be dirt cheap.

    The entire “green” campaign is a total fraud. Anyone raising the flag is either extremely naive or complicit. The so called hybrid technologies are nothing but a con job.

  • On_the_Cruze_fence

    Ok so I have been reading some high praise as well as anger towards the Chevy Cruz Eco. Honestly I am not sure where I fall in this whole discussion.

    I was in the market for a new car due to a change in my job function. Since my company provided a vehicle and hired me to work the area that I lived in my wife and I got rid of the Grand Am and kept the vehicle we used for long trips.

    With my work being an hour of just high travel the Cruz Eco made the most sense. Now I keep hearing some of you say that the Eco is only available in “Stick” however mine is an Automatic with the option to be driven in Manual. Am I mistaken or did one of us not get the whole story?

    Listen I love this car. It’s fun to drive, I don’t feel like some needs to grab it like my sons toy cars and roll it so the engine gets going, and it has plenty of space. The Gas mileage is a plus as well but I am still trying to figure out why the instantaneous jumps from great to where did the MPG’s go with in a matter of feet.

    Overall I have been pleased with everything about the car, and yes that includes the XM. I would say don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. You never know you may be pleasently surprised.

  • kenneth porteous

    Have had my ltz cruze now for two months what a great car, averageing 29 mile per gallon city have not taken any road trips yet

  • PeginVA

    I’m looking at new cars. I’ve been driving a Geo Metro which gets between 45 and 50 mpg consistently. It’s a hard act to follow but it has 210,000 miles on it and I need to be able to do distance driving now. I’ve looked at the Cruze but I am afraid that the clearance will be too low. I live in a rural area not the city. City drivers how does it do on speed bumps since that might be an indicator? Could someone with a Cruze comment on this?

  • Absolutely love it

    I been driving my midnight blue Chevy Cruze Eco for a couple of months now and I absolutely love it. It is fun to drive and I average 36 MPG with a mix of city and highway. It replaced the Cobalt and all I can say is WAY TO GO CHEVY. I am so proud to drive this car. It has a fantastic design, inside and out. Very stylish and roomy for its size. It has a large trunk and ergonomic dashboard. It is aptly names the Criuze because this car loves the road and cruised down the highway. I could go on and on…Elantra smantra

  • Peggy VA

    So glad you like your new car. I am looking at the Cruze Eco and wondering about ground clearance. Do you bottom out in this car? How is it on speed bumps? I live in the country and this will be an issue for me if it is low slung. Ads made it sound low to ground. Any others comments would be appreciated too. Thanks

  • Richard A Farmer

    I can’t understand how the big 5 cant seem to pass the 40 mark but two of my friends just got a scooter that goes 85 mph and thy get now im just saying Typical fuel economy for a 50cc 4 stroke scooter is over 100 MPG why cant we get better fuel with a large car, i mean with all the new carbon fiber and new light polymers, we get a new trainee design… that allows for more gears and a better ratio and drop that 100mpg 250 cubic centimeter 4 stroke engine stick a turbo on it add aerodynamics and BAME! problem salved 70mpg car in town… that’s built light and stronger and safer Eco green car every one will buy… thy just want to sell gass see!!!!

  • ken v

    gee. i thought kinda clever – with stick shifting and all.

  • Enver

    That’s stupid thinking because even though you get those extra mileages look at the cost of each car prius starts from 23.500 where cruze starts less than 17.000 do you think you will save 6.500 dollars worth of gas before you sell the car i don’t think so…
    And also everyone will laugh at your prius where cruze looks much better and doesn’t get attention ( bad attention ) form people…
    OH also did you know that prius has to go to at least 5 countries before it can make it to us ?
    All that gas wasted on plane fuel and pollution…

  • cruzebaby

    best car i have ever owned! go for the eco..im telling you, u wont be let down… i get almost 50 miles to the gallon. i get over 500 miles to a tank

  • Andy

    The cruze eco isn’t a hybrid, and i drive an hour every day to and from work getting 45-50 mpg going 70-75mph the entire drive.

    And to be honest the prius looks like shit while a cruze eco has a sporty/sleek look without the douchey hyrbid image. Of course this is biased because I own one.

  • Cruze Eco M/T

    I’m a Chevy Cruze Eco (M/T) owner as well & have sold several different Cruze models from the dealership I work at. Both you and the other owner you’re talking about never mentioned if your Cruze Eco was an automatic or manual transmission. I actually traded for mine from another Chevy dealer that was about 150 miles from mine & I reset the avg. fuel economy before I left, set the cruise on 70 mpg & pulled back into my dealership w/an avg. of 40.4 mpg on a brand new car, stopping at a dozen or so red lights! Sounds like the other one is a M/T & your’s is an A/T based on the difference. The M/T runs about 350 rpms lower than the A/T Eco at 70 & the same difference on the A/T non-eco at 80 mph. The 4th, 5th, & 6th gears are excellent overdrives!!! I’m waiting to see if anyone has done any modifications, like removing any or all of the mufflers past the cat, cold air intake, etc….let me know if you hear of any & the improvements they make.

  • John from Montreal

    My father had one of theise. But not hybrid. Woundreful car. And you have an amazing blod. I diifers from the others with biggest amount of information and how simple it’s shown. i’m thinking of making my own blog about appartements meubles in Montreal look like this one. Thank you for the example!

  • Martin Muh

    i like this car and your post.
    This is my post about “Chevrolet Cruze” http://autocars123.com/chevrolet-cruze/

  • tapra1

    for the 2011 model year. The Eco will be manufactured in Lordstown, Ohio alongside the rest of the Cruze lineup—LS, LT, and LTZ models already on sale—and is one of the few compact cars built in the U.S. for the 2011 model year.Mobile News

  • S.O. Hall

    416 miles divided by 10.5 gallons= 39.619 mpg. You should be more than thrilled!

  • nick dinardo

    never seen below 32 mpg hard driving best 50 mile avg 48.7 mpg have heard of people getting 50 mpg great car

  • obermd

    There are at least two 2012 Chevy Cruze ECO MTs on http://www.fuelly.com that are reporting > 50 MPG for the life of their vehicles. There are a lot of Cruze ECO MTs in the upper 30s to low 40s.

    The EPA estimate of 28/42/33 are based on a “brand new” engine. The Cruze’s 1.4 turbo engine improves over the first 10,000 miles on the road. My mixed city/highway MPG has gone from 38 to 44 in the first 6,000 miles of ownership and I expect it to settle down somewhere around 46-47 MPG for mixed city/highway driving. If you’re interested in more information about the Cruze from owners, take a look at the forums at http://www.cruzetalk.com.

    There appears to be a real world ~4 MPG difference between the Cruze ECO MT and the Cruze ECO Automatic and then another ~4 MPG drop to the other Cruze trims.

  • Anonymous

    hybrids suck

  • virendra g vasandia

    My best and favourite car

  • davehead

    VW already produced a smallcar diesel that got 75-85mpg. No not a hybrid… just a very small engine (1.2L with 3 cylinders and 70hp) in a Lupo 3L. Also the Audi A2 3L.

    They are now developing a diesel-electric 3-seat version that gets over 240mpg. I never thought of Volkswagen as a cutting-edge company but for the last 10 years they’ve really pushed diesel technology into higher and higher MPG results.

  • davehead

    You should do a review of the Civic HF too. It gets MPG almost as good as the CruzeEco but without the hassle of a stickshift. The HF comes with an automatic transmission and still gets those high numbers (41 for the HF versus 38 for the automatic CruzeEco).

  • davehead

    You need to compare apple-to-apples: EPA ratings to EPA ratings. Your 1984 Cavalier is only rated 29 and 26mpg on the highway (there are two different versions of the automatic).

    PLUS it’s a heck of a lot dirtier. The CruzeEco passes the LEV-2 minimum standard while the Cavalier fails and would be illegal to sell as a new car. Being able to get +10 higher mpg AND be clean at the same time is what makes the CruzeEco impressive and the Cavalier not.

  • davehead

    Agree that the Cruze automatic should do better. The Civic HF gets 41mpg with its auto transmission. If it had a manual it would probably get 44 like its predecessor (the HX).