The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is the first fully competitive compact sedan Chevy has ever fielded, and in some areas it outshines the perennial class leaders, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
The base powertrain is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, but most Cruze models (including the high-mileage Eco) are fitted with a smaller, turbocharged 1.4-liter four that produces equal power on less fuel. Transmission choices are a six-speed automatic, which works flawlessly, or a six-speed manual for those (few) customers who like to shift their own gears.
The model of most interest to GreenCarReports readers, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, manages 28 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway and a combined rating of 33 mpg, but out in the real world drivers are actually achieving even more than that, so you likely won't be disappointed with its fuel economy.
With the automatic transmission those figures fall to 26 mpg city, 39 highway and a combined 31 mpg, though, so to maximize your economy the...
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