The EPA rates the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco at 28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, when it's fitted with the six-speed manual transmission.

But can the Cruze Eco really reach beyond that magic 40-mpg number, which is highway mileage only?

VIDEO: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, Our Real-World Gas Mileage

On our recent road test, we averaged 34.2 mpg--slightly better than the EPA combined rating of 33 mpg--probably due to logging more highway mileage than around-town use.

In the video below, we discuss the pros and cons of this uber-economical Cruze, including some of the technologies that give it the remarkable highway fuel economy rating.

If you can't drive a stick, by the way, the EPA says the 2011 Cruze Eco with a six-speed automatic transmission gets 26 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 30 mpg.

VIDEO: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, High Gas-Mileage Features

Below is the first of what will be a few videos on the 2011 Cruze Eco. We plan to shoot similar short videos for most of the cars we'll be testing in future.

Let us know what you think of our video efforts in the Comments below.


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