2012 Chevrolet Cruze Gets Two MPG Boost

By Sam Grossman | June 15, 2011
Already the best-selling small car in the United States in May, and Chevrolet’s best-selling nameplate around the world, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is about to become that much more popular. Chevy announced today the Cruze models with the 1.4L turbo and six-speed automatic transmission will get two mpg better fuel economy; 38 mpg compared to 36 mpg for the current model. The five percent increase in fuel economy is made possible by a lower axle ratio. The Cruze Eco model with an automatic transmission will deliver 39 mpg highway, compared to its current 37 mpg. The Cruz Eco with the standard six-speed manual transmission is quite an impressive little car in terms of fuel economy. It is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in America, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway. According to Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing, “fuel economy is the top reason customers buy a compact and the Cruze’s greater efficiency for 2012 makes it all the more attractive.” For 2012, Chevrolet has decided to make the $525 Connectivity Plus Cruise option package standard on 2012 models. This package contains Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB port, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. This was far and away the most popular package, as it was ordered by 90 percent of American customers. “Adding these previously optional features streamlines the ordering process and answers the call of what our customers told us should be standard,” said Scheidt. It appears this vehicle is on its way to becoming more popular, which means more good news for both Chevrolet and folks looking to get into a Cruze. Source: Chevrolet