2012 Chevrolet Cruze Consumer Review: Who wants a Prius!

2012 Chevrolet Cruze - Consumer Review

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Eco Sedan (1.4L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)

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Who wants a Prius!
By gandolf256 on


2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Cruze ECO is rated at 36 highway and 28 city by Consumer Reports and the like. This has not been my experience. I have been careful about my driving habits, and have been averaging 38+ mpg in combined highway, suburban and city driving in Philadelphia. On the more or less open roads of eastern PA I am averaging 45+ mpg! It handles well, corners tight, has plenty of power, particularly in 3rd gear and with a few additions the ECO trim level has most everything I would want. All except for the moon roof I love, but didn't get, darn! But hey,
I paid less than 17k for this car! Why on earth would I want to spend the money on a Prius? Or a Volt? Or for that matter, any other car? GM has a WINNER

Best Features

Love the 6 speed manual. Why on earth do people drive those clunky automatics? I am a BIG guy 6'+ 300 lbs. There is plenty of room in this car. Love the computer system, bluetooth and USB connector for my IPhone. Huge trunk, comfortable seats, It would be a great deal more succinct to ask me what I don't like about the car. The onlyt thing I have found even remotely negative is that it does not like to be down-shifted into 2nd gear at very low speeds. Has a tendency to stall.

Worst Features

Make the moonroof standard equipment! :)
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By drvette
on 12/02/11 15:57 PM (PST)

Are the mpg figures you posted from the on-board computer, or via a fill-up & miles vs. gallons used ? Several Cruse [and other makes] report the computer showing optimistic mpg figures. Thanks DrVette

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By ryanclowe29
on 02/29/12 21:14 PM (PST)

Actually, I'd like to read the Consumer Reports review. I can't find it. The only one I found was for two regular Cruzes with one of each engine (1.8L vs. 1.4L turbo). They each got almost the same mileage- 17 in hardcore city driving, 36 at 65 on the highway, 26 combined. I can't find the article for the ECO though. What issue was that? Thank you in advance.

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