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Chevrolet Cruze Eco
Cruze Eco gets better fuel economy than many popular hybrids

When most people think about green cars, they usually think of hybrids and EVs that are currently making headlines. The fact of the matter is that while most hybrid cars certainly get good fuel economy there are several subcompacts and compacts on the market that offer great fuel economy with standard powertrains.

Chevrolet earlier this year announced a new variant of its new compact car called the Cruze Eco. The Cruze Eco has been rated for 42mpg on the highway and offers 28mpg fuel economy in the city for 6-speed manual versions. An automatic transmission is also offered on the vehicle and it is rated for 26mpg in the city and 37mpg on the highway.

The Cruze Eco uses an Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine that produces 138hp and 148 lb-ft of torque between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm. Chevy claim that that the motor was also designed with an eye towards being smooth and quiet.

Several features contribute to the fuel economy of the Cruze Eco including special low rolling resistance tires. The lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels and special tires helped shave 21.2 pounds total from the Cruze Eco compared to standard models with 16-inch wheels.

Chevy also spent lots of time in the wind tunnel to increase the aerodynamics of the Cruze Eco. Chevy says that over 500 hours of testing in the wind tunnel lead to a reduction in aerodynamic drag of 10% compared to non-Eco models. The Eco version has an underbody tray that guides air under the car and has a special grill with more closeouts to improve aerodynamics. The front air dam of the vehicle is lower and it has a special rear spoiler as well.

The Cruze Eco is the most fuel-efficient small cars around, beating out the fuel-sipping sub-compact Ford Fiesta rated for 40mpg, the Ford Focus rated for 35mpg (although the 2012 Focus is supposed to approach 40mpg), and most of the hybrids on the road including the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, and the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

The Cruze Eco will hit dealers in January at $18,895.



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RE: Bie Deal
By FITCamaro on 11/12/2010 11:45:52 AM , Rating: 2
Your car was also built before the change in emissions standards outlawed "lean cruise" features and safety standards have gone up in the past 10 years.

But do you want a cookie?


RE: Bie Deal
By tng on 11/12/2010 2:35:00 PM , Rating: 2
What type of cookie?


RE: Bie Deal
By mindless1 on 11/15/2010 3:34:46 PM , Rating: 2
.. and the point should be, we should be able to pick the amount of safety features and emissions too, paying for WHAT. WE. WANT. instead of having it crammed down our throats.

By all means let's allow, not force, the automakers to make something expensive, heavy and anemic for the green heads IF it will sell in high enough numbers to be a viable model in their product lines. Let's also suggest that it can travel no more than 40 miles on a tank or charge so those green heads end up staying home more often if they think use of fuel or energy is so bad that they opt not to use it themselves instead of just a little less... as if such a minor decrease matters in the grand scheme of things.

It doesn't matter if we run out of gas in 2180 or can go till 2185! Either way, we are not building infrastructure for more electrical consumption so we are putting the cart before the horse, doing everything backwards.


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