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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Is 42 MPG The Ultimate Answer To The Ultimate Question? On paper, it sounds like an enthusiast's dream. Start by trimming almost 100 pounds from the curb weight of the base Chevrolet Cruze. Then drop the optional turbocharged engine underhood, bolted to a six-speed manual transmission. Lower the suspension and mount some lightweight, forged alloy wheels. Finish it off by sticking a little spoiler on the decklid, along with a special badge. Where do we sign up? But the car we've described isn't the stuff of boy racer fantasies; it's not even a performance car at all. No, the 2012 C... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 1.4L I4
Power:
138 HP / 148 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$20,320 as tested
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