Five-Point Inspection: 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Five-Point Inspection: 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
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Already-Spacious Trunk Gets Bonus Storage

Everyone loves a bonus, which is why the Cruze Eco’s fuel mileage is so nice, but there’s another extra the company won’t tell you about. Chevy shucked the traditional spare tire and its usual steel wheel in favor of a pump and tire repair kit to save weight.

Rather than the flat panel covering most spare tires, the Cruze Eco’s trunk liner conforms to offer the tire well as added storage capacity big enough to carry a gym bag.

While that probably doesn’t bump the overall capacity up much, each extra cubic inch counts when every seatbelt is being used and the Cruze already boasts cargo room that matches most mid-size cars, even though it’s marketed as a compact.

  • 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.