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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: I thought...
By Spuke on 11/12/2010 5:30:24 PM , Rating: 1
My son is 6'1" and had no problems in the back of a Nissan Sentra sedan and an Infiniti G20. We made sure he could fit comfortably. And there was plenty of truck space in both cars for all of our luggage. You don't know what lack of trunk space is unless you've driven my Solstice! ;) The Cruze is not some tiny sh!tbox. It has plenty of room for a family of four. Five? No way, unless three are infants AND all the baby seats fit. There are exceptions, really tall kids probably won't fit well nor will large families, but those parents will know that and buy accordingly. For the average American family (look it up), this car will do fine. Hopefully, it's a real competitor to the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla/Matrix.

Now, all that said. I rather have a Ford Edge and I have never liked SUV's.

RE: I thought...
By FITCamaro on 11/13/2010 12:31:30 AM , Rating: 3
Does the Solstice even have a trunk?

You want a small trunk though, look at a GTO. In Australia, the Monaro had a huge trunk with fold down rear seats. US safety standards though forced them to put the gas tank in the trunk which basically cut it in half. With the radio off and a sufficiently quiet exhaust, you can hear the fuel pump. Only good thing about it is that it makes fuel pump swaps and gas tank maintenance (not that there really is any unless you just need to put in a bigger pump to support more horsepower) extremely easy.

RE: I thought...
By mindless1 on 11/15/2010 3:23:49 PM , Rating: 2
... and sardines fit "comfortably" in their cans.

Sorry but no! Comfortable is a comparative term, the fact remaining that more room is more comfortable because people are living beings that like space around them and to be able to move around a bit especially when they have to ride for awhile versus just sitting there for a minute to see if their knees hit the seat in front.

THAT is another factor, if the driver or front seat passenger aren't short their seat is further back so the back seats barely have any leg room at all. I'm not 6'1" but find I am adjusting the seat back nearly as far as it will go even in full sized sedans... but at least in those you can do so and still have rear seat legroom.

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