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We already told you that the six-speed automatic-transmission-equipped Chevrolet Cruze is getting a two-mile-per-gallon fuel economy bump in 2012. General Motors has made the news official, and the automaker has also revealed a few upgrades for the upcoming model year.

On the 2011 Cruze, a $525 Connectivity Plus Cruise package was available. The kit featured Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio, cruise control and leather on the tiller and shift knob. That equipment will now come standard on the 2012 Cruze 1LT and Eco.

In addition to the upgraded kit for the 1LT and Eco, all trims of the 2012 Cruze will get remote keyless entry. Other highlights: Keyless start has been added to the 2LT and LTZ; a seven-inch touchscreen display on the Eco, 2LT and LTZ; and fog lamps on the LTZ trim. Click past the jump to read the full press release to learn more about the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze.
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Chevrolet Cruze Improves Fuel Economy for 2012
2-mpg improvement and streamlined content builds on successful global launch


DETROIT – For 2012, Chevrolet Cruze models with the 1.4L turbo and six-speed automatic transmission will get 2 mpg better fuel economy. The Cruze Eco with an automatic transmission will deliver as much as 39 mpg on the highway compared with 37 mpg for the current model, Chevrolet said Wednesday.

The most popular 1.4L turbo/six-speed automatic will get 38 mpg compared with 36 mpg for the current model. A lower axle ratio for the 2012 models enables the approximately 5 percent increase in highway fuel efficiency for Cruze.

Cruze Eco with the standard six-speed manual transmission remains the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in America, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway.

Also for 2012, a feature package containing Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB port, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather-wrapped shift knob will be standard on 1LT and Eco models. These features were part of the $525 Connectivity Plus Cruise option package on 2011 models. The option was ordered by 90 percent of American customers.

"Chevrolet is committed to responding to what customers want and making it easier for them," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "Adding these previously optional features streamlines the ordering process and answers the call of what our customers told us should be standard."

Cruze, which was the best-selling small car in the United States in May, is Chevrolet's best-selling nameplate around the world, with global sales of more than 250,000 in the first four months of 2011.

"Fueled by a successful launch in the United States and continued growth in China, Chevrolet Cruze is proving to be the right car at the right time," Scheidt said "Fuel economy is the top reason customers buy a compact and the Cruze's greater efficiency for 2012 makes it all the more attractive."

Additional standard equipment on the 2012 Cruze includes:

Remote keyless entry
Air conditioning
Audio system with AM/FM/CD and MP3 playback
SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial service
Driver information center with average and instant fuel economy feedback, tire pressure readout, oil life remaining and more
Rear defogger
Power windows
Fuel-saving rack mounted electric power steering.
New equipment on the 2012 Cruze includes:

6-speed manual transmission standard on 1LT and 2LT
Keyless entry and keyless start available on 2LT and standard on LTZ
Touch screen navigation system with 7" color display available on Eco, 2LT and LTZ
16-inch five-spoke machined-face alloy wheels are standard on 1LT
17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with four-wheel disc brakes are standard on 2LT
Compact spare tire and wheel standard on all models except Eco with manual transmission and 1FL (fleet)
Fog lamps are standard on LTZ
Exterior colors: Blue Granite Metallic, Blue Topaz Metallic and Victory Red (with RS appearance package only)

Cruze's standard safety features include:

Ten standard air bags – the most in the segment – including frontal, head curtain side air bags, front and outboard rear-seat side-impact air bags and knee air bags
StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control and anti-lock brakes
Collapsible pedal system, which allows the pedals to detach during a crash to reduce the risk of leg or ankle injuries
OnStar with Automatic Crash Response.
The U.S. and Canadian versions of the Cruze are built in Lordstown, Ohio.


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        DrEvil
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        In "real World" driving 0 - 60 does not matter, stop light racing does not matter to the people who actually are buying these cars. Around where I live most of the folks buying the Cruse are 20 to 25 year old WOMEN. Secretaries, dental hygienists, nurses etc. nothing that you raise as an issue matters to them. On the Fuel Economy crap that you spew, If you go stoplight racing with any car, the fuel economy will suffer. Drive like a responsible ADULT (not driving like Miss Daisy) and there is a big difference. BTW: The Childish Government Motors label is kind of tired and played out now, GROW UP.
          DrEvil
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          @DrEvil
          Correction to a couple of typos: Around where I live most of the folks buying the Cruze are 20 to 35 year old WOMEN. Secretaries, dental hygienists, nurses etc. nothing that you raise as an issue matters to them.
        Steve
        • 3 Years Ago
        I average 32.6 MPG over 1,000 miles in my Cruze that I drive every day...how do you explain that?? Oh and by the way I can't drive downhill both ways to work. Might I also remind you that the car only has 1,000 miles on it and it isn't broken in yet. I would also be curious how you can own a Hyundai, Honda and Ford and find that their fuel economy is actual as posted..did you test these vehicles?? Do you have your results documented? Obviously you have hatred for GENERAL MOTORS....usually this stems from the auto bail-outs that were publicly known but perhaps you didn't know that Ford has taken more than $13 billion in money prior to the financial meltdown our world economy has suffered. Then they refinanced every asset they had to keep money liquid. Perhaps a math class along with Economics 101 would help you along in your road to recovery of being a dumba$$
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wouldn't say EPA ratings have "nothing to do with real world driving". EPA tests try to take a sample of mileage for various conditions and then extrapolate estimates from it. It is kind of like a student taking an aptitude test to determine overall performance. However, where this gets into trouble is that automakers know what the specific conditions of the test are and can optimize for those conditions. It is like if you only taught a student only the answers to the questions on the aptitude test, and nothing else- their test scores would be higher, but they are not necessarily smarter. Companies like GM, who will be selling this variation of the Cruze primarily in the US, optimize it to the EPA test cycle. Other companies, who are offering vehicles sold primarily in other countries, have tended not to do the US-specific test cycle optimization, so the test more accurately estimates the mileage you will see in the real world. There is nothing really wrong with the EPA test, just the way some companies have approached it.
        Dennis
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good theory, except that Cruze Eco drivers reportedly easily surpass the 42 highway EPA ratings. Maybe car magazines are just driving the snot outta their test cars, and the Cruze is likely to drop more under those conditions with its relatively small powerplant. The Cruze is built on a fine performance/economy balance, and the small turbo is capable of very good economy. Even my Cobalt SS 2.0T with its 260hp averages close to 29 in mixed driving. But if I hit it, it will drop fast - like any car. I have never failed to readily duplicate EPA ratings in my GM cars, once the break-in period is over (5000-7000 miles.) There is no fraud or deception here. Do you think GM would really gain any customer-satisfaction by working the system, esp these days when real-world economy is king?
          lne937s
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          @Dennis
          I wouldn't go by personal testimonials too much. People believe HHO systems, Fuel line magnets, etc. increase their fuel mileage, when they have been scientifically proven otherwise. People will even drive differently to make it appear it is working... Unless you have the same drivers driving the same way under the same conditions, personal testimonials are not very valid. That is why comparison tests help. In comparison tests, with the same drivers, conditions, etc., the Cruze has not been living up to expectations.
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        Link2877
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        Well sir it appears to me you don't know what you're talking about. If you go to fuelly.com and browse to the current model year of the Cruze, Civic, and Elantra it seems to me the that the Cruze is the one closes to the EPA combined rating. Now remember this isn't the evil gubment saying this. These are from real people driving the car in the real world.
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      mcx
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      seems to be like the Elantra's success pushed GM to do this...
      mcx
      • 3 Years Ago
      sounds like the Elantra pushed them in this direction....
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drove a Cruze recently, this truly is a nice car. This car with it's options gives the buyer that wants a small car with good mileage, yet wants a nice dressed up car with all the little luxuries a good deal, at a relatively low cost. My son is going to buy one(black), this will be his first, "he's paying for it car", so he's guarding his dollars. The Cruze is a good value, glad to see it's selling well.
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          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          Try the SALES comparison for the past couple of months, it TOPS them all.
          dan1malk
          • 3 Years Ago
          Depends on what you're looking for. If you actually read the articles in those magazines (and not just the last page where they rank them) You'd see that every car in the comparison, even the dated Corolla, can offer something different and excel in areas the others don't. Meaning, there really isn't a truly BAD car in this comparison. Are the Focus/Mazda3 tighter, sportier more engaging driving cars? Sure. But not everyone is looking for that. Like someone said somewhere else ( and in the magazines your siting) the Cruze offers one of the best (smooth, quiet, comfortable) rides of the bunch. It's not 'sporty' which keeps it out of the top of an enthusiast magazines ranking. But I would bet the vast majority of buyers in this segment aren't looking for sporty, but lots want something comfortable. I say Congrats to Renaurd's son on his first "he's paying for it car." He will probably be very happy in the Cruze.
          Frankie Rose
          • 3 Years Ago
          Can't say I trust Motor Trend (advertising $$$) or Automobile (Jean Jennings) to give you the straight goods in a comparo, But I still trust C/D after all these years. Fifth: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 SEL Fourth: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LT Third: 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited Second: 2011 Mazda 3 s Sport First: 2012 Ford Focus SEL Plus in a separate test of the Focus SE, C/D sez "The 2012 Focus is so excellent, in fact, that only one small car beats that comparo-winning Focus, and that’s the one tested here: an SE hatchback with a five-speed manual transmission." All that, it posts a 0-60 at 7.3 seconds. Short of the Focus ST, I'd hit that.
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          Sorten Borten
          • 3 Years Ago
          Sea Urchin was reporting "facts". The VW was the most expensive in the MT review. But don't let that stop you from adding a few more $ signs next to the Cruze price while you jerk off.
        Olsparkee
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        @Renaurd
        Don't pay too much and he should like it a lot. http://www.truecar.com/prices-new/chevrolet/cruze-pricing/2011/A2FA7ECD/
      Jac Zobel de Ayala
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does it come with a back up steering wheel?
      mbukukanyau
      • 3 Years Ago
      In May it was the best selling small car in America, this should help it keep the sales crown.. How the mighty have fallen!! Who would have thought Chevrolet would offer a car with 6 speed while Toyota offered one with 4 speed in the same class...?
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      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have test driven the Cruze, Mazda3, Focus and Elantra for a friend who was want to purchase an economy car. I found the Cruze to be a bit Buick like in it's ride, while the Focus was engaging and fun, like a middle ground, while the Elantra just let more thumps/bumps resonate thru the cabin and the 3 while engaging, it lakes sophisication of the Cruze or Focus. We didn't bother with the Corolla, or Civic since it hasn't changed much and overhyped. Jetta is VW, so nuff said about reliability. She ended up with the Focus, the toys and Sync did it for her.
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          Frankie Rose
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          Both of those cars have been dumbed down for the Americas. The Civic still has a 5 speed, ferchrisakes! It's already looking like the 1st gen Focus after the Europeans got the mark II, obsolete in it's fist year. And I've seen the Jetta on the street, most of them in mid trim, and bland looking would be a complement. The Cruze and Focus look hands down better inside and out, with the world in mind. Not just here and China as is the case for the Jetta.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope these yearly 'tweaks' don't mean this car will be around for 8 or 9 years.
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        @Zoom
        Yeah, shame on GM for not completely redesigning the Cruze after its first year on sale here. Same 'ol GM... Seriously, I do believe this is one lesson GM HAS learned (and probably the most important one, at that.) Time will tell, I guess.
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      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drove a Cruze a while back. I liked it, but for a car that size I'm just not sure it's worth the money.
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