Five-Point Inspection: 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Five-Point Inspection: 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Uses gas like a hybrid – without being one

Driving the Chevrolet Cruze Eco is like bringing someone who hates wine on a vineyard tour: they’ll sip the liquid slowly and drink the cheap stuff without complaint.

Refreshing and unusual like an episode of Judge Judy that doesn’t involve perjury, the Cruze Eco actually met its EPA fuel estimated 28/42 mpg in the city and on the highway. In fact at times it beat the highway figures, averaging as much as 45 mpg on a long drive.

Best of all, even with 87 octane priced around $4 per gallon, the Cruze Eco is cheap to fill thanks to a stomach-stapled 10.5 gallon tank compared to the usual 13-gallon equipment found on other Cruze models.

  • rmp

    That’s interesting…I think the interior is the best I have ever seen in a Chevy, let alone any domestic car.  Cheap Steering wheel?   Someone has too much time on their hands if they are concerned over a steering wheel.  And don’t plan on passing anyone?  HA!  I have seen more than 1 review saying of the lack of get up and go with the 1.4 turbo and you guys have to be driving something else, surely not my Cruze…

  • Tourbus1

    I agree, my Cruze has lots of passing power. And off the line, it’s quicker than most cars in it’s class. And screaming, mine doesn’t scream. What impressed me on my first test drive was the little 1.4 turbo, actually gives you the performance feel of a V6 optional engine in other car lines. But you get great highway mileage. Just made my 17th payment on my Cruze, and I’m still impressed & completely satisfied every time I drive it. Great little car!

  • James

     Um… have you SEEN the new Ford Focus?

  • Mike

    Could you fit any less content on one page?

  • Timbo

    ummm, that’s kind of the main idea behind Five-Point inspection. Short, and too the point. 

  • Brent Nelson

    In luxury car , Chevrolet is one of the leading name. When I saw this car , This car attracts me . Impressive design done by designers team of GM. They had taken a lot of hard work and effoerts to make it. The color combination and other features are good . and its specifiation and fuel economy are plus points of this car.

  • Mike

    Not really impressed with the article.  What aspect of the ECO’s steering wheel is cheap, and by comparison to what other car(s)?

    And the section about the performance is very ill-informed.  Turbo spools at 4k = Bull.  Sure maybe it isn’t the fastest economical car on the market, but the power delivery is strong and I think more useful than most naturally aspirated four cylinders.


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