• May 17, 2011
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We're not entirely sure how they've done it, but those miserly engineers from General Motors have managed to eke out an additional two miles per gallon from the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze – at least in certain configurations.

According to the official Online Ordering Guide for the 2012 Cruze (via Cheers and Gears), GM's compact sedan, when equipped with the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, will be rated at 38 miles per gallon on the highway. We see no indication that there will be an improvement to the car's 24-mpg city rating. By way of comparison, the Eco model manages 42 mpg on the highway.

We're not sure how Chevrolet has managed to improve the highway fuel mileage of the Cruze for 2012, but then again, we're not complaining, either. Click here for the full spate of details of the 2012 Cruze. Thanks for the tip, Drew!

*UPDATE: Green Car Reports reports that the mileage increase was achieved by lowering the final-drive ratio to 3.53 from 3.87. We don't yet know what that means for acceleration or top speed.


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      blizardi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quitely... C'mon guys. But it is good to see the MPG going up.
      maribell
      • 3 Years Ago
      maybe it's because there is no spare tire. Lots of car companies are replacing the spare tire with a can of goo... Now this should be outlawed! That can of goo is totally useless if the hole is big on your flat tire.
        Bryan Lund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @maribell
        You're exactly right, maribell. I'll take one of those miniature donuts over a can of goo. That needs ta stop right now. We're that pressed for space that we can't fit a spare tire in our new rigs anymore? That's dumpfill!
      SMK
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still no cruise control for the LS.- a Cruze with no cruise.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Dave
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's hardly got "gutless" performance. I drove one two weeks ago, it's got enough power to heartily spin the tires from a stop, that's plenty for this kind of car.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        SYJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        What's the price on the Civic hybrid? What about the performance? The civic is the only mainstream compact with a hybrid model and the increasing mileage of regular compacts is only going ot hurt the civic hybrid in the long run. You also forgot to mention the Cruze Eco gets 26 or 28mpg in the city depending on transmission. No ratings have been provided for the LT models with the manual butI would expect a 2mpg gain over the automatic in the city.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is when car companies game the system. I am sure that they simply tweaked the programming (mostly for the automatic transmission). That's all good and fine, except that I would be willing to bet that in real world driving, actual drivers will see only a fraction of that 2 MPG bump. I also hate how (most) car makers are also gaming the system by focusing only on HW numbers simply because that is the number that they use in their advertising. They should be required to display BOTH the City and HW number together.
        Cheers and Gears
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        It's a final drive ratio and transmission gearing change. The issue with the 2011 Cruze not getting it's official highway mileage number was that the engine was turning too fast at "real" highway speeds instead of EPA highway speeds. They changed the final drive ratio to bring the RPMs at cruising speed down.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Cheers and Gears
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          danrarbc64
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Cheers and Gears
          "I am all for them raising their numbers, but usually playing "games" with gearing might gain you MPG, but make you lose in other areas. TRUE efficiency gains come from more efficient powertrains." And also making lighter cars. This 'C segment' vehicle has ballooned to near D weight and size, and there was no real need for it.
      Arturo Rios
      • 3 Years Ago
      the more I look at this car, the more I like the new Ford Focus. This car just looks outdated the minute the car came out of the designing department.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Arturo Rios
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        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Arturo Rios
        I agree but disagree for this picture...I think it looks pretty good in that picture
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai Elantra can achieve 40 mpg, and still has 148 hp, while the eco cruze has 138 hp only and just 42 mpg... hmmm, there's nothing game changing about that car... i'd even opt for honda civic sedan...
        autogeek69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Seph
        You sell Horsepower but you drive torque. That being said the Elantra, as nice as it is can't get out of it's own way. By the way, at 3200 pounds, the Cruze weighs as much as a Malibu.
        Red Dart Fever
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Seph
        a 10 Hp difference while dealing with these economy cars that are focused on providing the best possible fuel economy should not be an issue.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Red Dart Fever
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      SYJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      All those talking about how the Cruze always fails to get EPA mileage or even come close should check out the recent issue of Pop Sci where they tested 5 efficient cars. Cruze ECO registered about 37mpg overall which was 5mpg better than the observed mileage for the similarly rated Elantra. The Focus SFE was the most efficient car at 38mpg observed- far better than the Hyundai with nearly identical EPA ratings.
        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SYJ
        it's frustrating. i always get downrated when i mention here that the real world mileage is higher than the EPA numbers indicate for eco, sometimes surpassing the highway rating of 42. people who say the cruze eco's mileage is overrated or something, and those posts get up rated somehow. people need to stop hating and admit that GM knows how to make cars.
          Jesus follower!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          Oh don't worry about it, people are gonna downrank for everything. If you are justified and in the right, everyone knows it just as well as you do, even the downrankers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SYJ
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        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SYJ
        Strangely enough, the Ford engine also has the highest concentration of new engine technology in it compared to all the other cars. Twin cam, twin variable valve timing, Direct injection = FTW. Every new car should have an engine like that. I am surprised that Hyundai put a cheaped out 1.8 in their Elantra. They would have won the MPG battle. I've been saying they'd win this round for a long time on here but i just get downranked. Too bad logic isn't respected here.
      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      All this says to me is that if they're that worried over a 2mpg difference it's time to bring the Cruze Hatch over here. No trunk = less weight = better mpg for you and me.
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