The 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco is an impressive package that proves GM’s smarts and gives the company further green bragging rights. The 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco is not meant to run circles around the competition on an autocross course as much as it is designed to pirouette its way around the EPA’s fuel economy test. GM engineers went to greater lengths to improve fuel economy, and they’ve made some further changes for the 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco model year.
According to some 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco review, the car is the greenest machine to wear a Bowtie this side of the Volt, boasting a highway fuel economy of 42 mpg but that heady figure is accomplished without the benefit of any advanced hybrid powertrain technology.
The 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco sports a new upper grille with more closeouts to improve aerodynamics, a lower front air dam extension, mid-body aero panels, a rear spoiler, underbody panels and blockers that smooth airflow beneath the car and around the tires, and a lowered ride height. Beyond its aerodynamic function, the lower stance reduces body roll in corners and also gives the 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco a sportier look.
Ultra-low-rolling resistance 17-inch Goodyear tires are mated to lightweight aluminum wheels shared with the Volt; their firm ride gives the 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco a sporty feel while also improving fuel economy. The 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco specs is very similar inside and out to the other GM Chevy Cruze models; it has the same comfy seats, good-looking, well-designed gauges and controls and the same shortcomings.
This 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco is a car without any hybrid technology, not even a mild hybrid system like the eAssist system GM deployed on the Buick LaCrosse and has planned for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco. There’s no start-stop system to aid the 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco 28 mpg city fuel economy rating. In fact, the 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder doesn’t even use direct injection to make its 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.
The 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco takes the GM Chevy Cruze compact sedan’s offerings one step further by also boosting fuel economy to promise hybrid-like performance without the cost or added technology of a hybrid powertrain; in fact, the 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco is powered by the same four-cylinder 138-horsepower/1.4-liter Ecotec turbocharged engine found in the GM Chevy Cruze LT, LTZ models.
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Review
Competitors 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco
As well as being compared against other cars, the 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco is also often compared to hybrid cars, sports cars and truck and SUVs. The 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco top rivals come from Ford (such as the Fusion SE and the Focus SEL) and Volkswagen (such as the Jetta TDI and the Passat TDI SEL Premium).
Generally, the 2012 Cruze Eco review stated that some of the advantages of the 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco compared to other car competitors include: it is significantly more fuel efficient on the highway (42 mpg vs 33 mpg), has significantly more airbags (6 vs 4), has a turbocharger to get maximum performance from the engine (turbocharger vs none), safer in head-on collisions for the driver (5 stars vs 4 stars) and safer in head-on collisions for the front passenger (5 stars vs 3 stars).
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