2011 Chevrolet Cruze ECO 1.4 turbo 4 cylinder from North America
Has exceeded my expectations for drivability and fuel efficiency - awesome car!
Car is new - no issues to report.
I absolutely love this car.
I bought the car for its fuel efficiency. So far I am averaging 46mpg. It's rated for 28/42.
I coast wherever I can - and when coasting, this car has very little resistance (wind/tires) so it can go quite a ways in neutral with just the slightest of downhill slopes.
The six speed shift is smooth, and the car is VERY quiet.
Has Onstar, Sirius, aux jack to connect my phone or iPod etc (no Bluetooth or cruise control with this model).
My car insurance didn't go up much either - compared to my 2007 Mercury Mariner - same coverage, just $217 more per year.
Cabin overall feels smaller due to the dark interior (black cloth/dashboard). Views behind me are limited - have to be careful when reversing out.
Highly recommend... especially those looking for high MPG, but afraid of jumping into the hybrid/electric car market.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd May, 2011
3rd May 2011, 13:56
Please report back after you've had it awhile. 48 mpg seems a bit optimistic. 48 mpg under what conditions? Reading through all the user comments at Edmunds and various Cruze forums, they mostly pan their actual mpg's vs. the EPA estimate. Including the Eco model.
4th May 2011, 07:59
They did say they coast a lot; maybe trying to get the most mileage. Most people don't do that, and therefore won't get nearly the mileage. Just yesterday I was on the parkway, and a Prius came down the ramp about 1/4 mile ahead of me, and disappeared doing about 80. I am sure they are not getting the EPA rated mileage with their car. These fuel efficient cars are rated high if you drive them very easy. As soon as you stomp the gas, your mileage will drop to pretty much average. It works similar to the energy star ratings on appliances. If you actually use the settings to maximize that rating, they don't perform as well in many cases. There is always a catch to getting better efficiency. You just have to be willing to live with a little less performance and the payoff will be great... especially at well over $4 per gallon!