General Motors has finally slapped a price tag on the ultra-efficient, all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. Starting at a base price of $18,895, the compact Cruze Eco is certainly not one of the cheapest vehicles in its class, but it's definitely one of the most efficient. Though not official yet, GM expects that the Cruze will be rated at 40 miles per gallon highway, a number that outshines all others in its segment, at least for now.
The Cruze Eco's higher-than-average base price can likely be attributed to its long list of standard features. For comparison, the base versions of the Civic, Corolla and Sentra all start right around $16,000. But, as GM points out, many features found on the Cruze Eco are missing from similar vehicles from other marques. Standard items found on the Cruze Eco include 10 air bags, OnStar, keyless entry, XM Radio, 17-inch alloy wheels and low-rolling resistance tires, most of which are either optional or non-existent in the compact class. The Eco version features GM's 1.4-liter Ecotec turbo and standard six-speed manual transmission. Other models in the Cruze lineup include the entry-level Cruze LS ($16,995), the LT ($18,895) and the range-topping LTZ ($22,695). Check out the press release after the jump to pick the Cruze that suits you.