Gas Mileage is a Joke, and the engine is too weak to be fun.
By jberger1 on
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I live in California, and I drive between 70 and 75 miles per hour. I am averaging according to the cruze LTZ 25.7 mpg. The car is extremely underpowered with an incredible amount of turbo and transmission lag. This car has the worst breaks when you really need to stop in a hurry. Also, under extreme deceleration the suspension is too soft, and the rear of the car will try and come around on you if your wheels are not straight. This car would be perfect if it had about 80 more horsepower, and some decent programing for the transmission. Also, the trunk arms cost you some considerable space, as they collapse into the trunk. Pistons on the side would remedy that little problem.
Interior of the LTZ is awesome. Seats are comfortable, and the dash trim is second to none for a eco class car.
Give it some power and fix the transmission to be more responsive. Change from trunk arms to pistons on the side, so the arms don't cost you space that I need in the trunk. I carry computers ,and servers, and other large equipment, and half the time, i have to throw it in my back seat, due to the arms getting in the way.
Since you live in CA, I am assuming you bought the car there. Here are some reasons you are getting bad MPG:
1. 70-75 MPH is going to have an adverse affect on your gas mileage. Drag increases EXPONENTIALLY with speed, so slow down if you want better MPG. It doesn't help to go 70-75 with a car loaded down with heavy computer equipment.
2. California emissions choke your car's exhaust. An aftermarket intake and a free flowing exhaust will see good gains in HP and MPG.
3. The gas type is a major factor too. 87 octane, while the cheapest is not the best for performance. 89 is better, but since you live in CA with that smog and you CA emission restrictions....
4. You want more power? Change your intake and exhaust, get a chip to reprogram your ECM and you wil get a HUGE gain. If you want better MPG, go back to my first point.
If you really don't want to keep the car, trade up. Chevy will be coming out with the 2014 SS model in the fall, which will have performance, and maybe they will listen to the consumer this time and fix the trunk arms!