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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 3:03:52 PM , Rating: 2
No they don't like diesels because they view them as dirty. Our air quality standards are higher than Europe's and nearly everything over there is diesel.

Yes another part of the problem is we don't make a lot of diesel. But that could easily change if, again, the government would get out of the way.

RE: Bie Deal
By tng on 11/12/2010 3:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
FIT is correct. After several trips to Austria and Northern Italy, I realized that the smog there can be much worse than even LA. I wanted to take a weekend trip to see the Austrian Alps and was surprised to find that during the Summer you had to get pretty close to even see them on some days because of the smog.

Still beautiful, just not what I thought.

RE: Bie Deal
By thurston on 11/12/2010 7:59:33 PM , Rating: 2
I think you just gave a good reason not to have diesels without very good exhausts.

RE: Bie Deal
By Kazinji on 11/14/2010 10:58:38 AM , Rating: 2
NOx makes smog, diesel puts out more NOx(Why there is so many special exhausts for diesel, Mercs BluTEC, and Honda that makes ammonia to reacts to NOx). But on the flip side diesel is more efficient then gasoline motors. Also in Europe diesel is taxed less the gasoline making diesel cars more attractive to people, why there is so many there and so few here where diesel is usually more then gasoline

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