2012 Chevy Cruze Fuel Economy Upped to 38-MPG, Matching Ford Focus

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood
2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ. X11CH_CZ088 (07/25/2010)
2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ. X11CH_CZ088 (07/25/2010)

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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  • Joe Joe on Oct 06, 2011

    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 Anthony on Dec 02, 2011

    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!!