Home / Auto News / News article: 2012 Chevy Cruze Fuel Economy Upped to 38-MPG, Matching Ford Focus - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Apr 16 2011, 6:06 PM

When Chevy first brought the Cruze to America, there were bold promises of 40-mpg. Then GM proudly boasted that the special Cruze Eco would get an astonishing 42-mpg.

Unfortunately that Eco model costs plenty more than the standard vehicle and only the 6-speed manual model (of which approximately six will be sold) gets the 42-mpg mark, while the auto-box Eco is rated at a less dramatic 38-mpg. As for the Cruze most people will look at buying, it received an official 36-mpg rating by the EPA.

An alarmingly good number just a few years ago, with the launch of a new Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic, it’s already nearing the back of the pack. Chevy aims to change this for 2012, upping the Cruze’s highway mpg rating by 2 for a 38-mpg total. The Cruze ECO model with an automatic transmission will also get a slight bump and will now be rated at 39-mpg.

[Source: GMI]

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  • Quinn McNamara

    For all the hype it’s still short of the Elantra and Civic.

  • stan

    ya the Elantra & Civic I have tested sounded like I was driving a tin box, try test driving a cruze & you will see how great of a car it is at this price point.
    I compare ride quality & sound levels to a Lexus or Cadillac.

  • Ethel Minor

    I bought a new 2011 cruze in April .It was a great car at first then at 1000 mi. there were several noises and the gas mi was not what it was stated..The air compressor had to be replaced.GM said mine was not on recall when tv said recalls were in cruzes for steering and after I drove it they sent a letter telling me it was on recall.Dont know why but air keeps going lower in tires..then air compressor is sounding like it is going out again.and when i first pull out at about 8 mi per hr there is a clunking noise in the bottom near transmission when it changes gears and today it stopped dead as I was in heavy traffic as I was attempting to make a left at red light,I almost got rear ended,not to mention the threats from the driver behind that almost rear ended me.They thought I was some old woman who couldn’t drive a stick shift..my grandchildren were w/ me scared them out of their wits..that said I got it started got home and made the dealer come get it..the dealer has been great trying to work with this poorly designed car!!

  • Bart

    The Cruze I just looked at was rated at 42 MPG on the sticker. My daughter bought one about a year ago and loves it. She has reported no problems.

  • Colum Wood

    Yes, that’s the ECO model with the stick shift. It does get incredible fuel economy but costs a premium.

  • Lee Ayatollah II

    Bought the 2012 Cruze 2LT in Victory Red. It has no problems getting rubber in three gears and I was even able to pull a wheelie yesterday on I95.

  • corey trevor

    sounds like Ethel Minors’ story was made up by a rival car dealer!

  • Joe

    The Cruze ride quality compared to the Elantra and the Civic is far superior. There is no road noise at 80 MPH. The interior design is played out very well and feels like your in a cockpit. I have the ls model with the 6 speed manual 1.8. It has more than enough power to get you where you need to go. The outside design may not be as extravigent as the new Elantras and others, but I like the European style that the Cruze sports that is bold and sleek looking. I think the other brands are over the top with there designs, but of course just my opinion. Along with great MPG,s 38 highway and 28 city ( my average) Im very satisfied with my purchase.

  • Anthony

    I bought my 2012 Chevy Cruz just over a month now and I have already put just over 3000 miles on her. I have been completely satisfied with all aspects of this car!! The gas mileage is great and I was very suprised at how quiet this car is. I do alot of highway driving and it is very comfortable on my long trips and I would say it does handle like a European car. If it keeps me smiling everytime I get in her and take off I will buy another one. I want to see if I can get 300,000 miles out of her first!!