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    Default Wow - Chevrolet Cruze Eco Got 64 MPG Over 9,552 Miles

    I just saw this come to my email and I had to click it. I've been around the Cruze and it's a pretty impressive car, but I had no idea that someone could get 64 mph over nearly 10,000 miles.

    Chevrolet Cruze Eco Averages 64 MPG Over 9,552 Miles


    DETROIT – Behind the wheel of an unmodified Chevrolet Cruze Eco an Australian couple set a fuel-efficiency record for the 48 contiguous states. During the 23-day, 9,552 mile trip sponsored by Shell Oil, John and Helen Taylor averaged a remarkable 64.42 miles per gallon.
    That is 50 percent better than the EPA estimate of 42 miles per gallon highway for a Cruze Eco manual, already the most fuel-efficient, gasoline-powered car in the United States, excluding hybrids and diesels. To achieve its segment-leading fuel economy, Cruze’s engineers focused on aerodynamic performance, mass optimization and powertrain enhancements
    For example, the Cruze Eco was the first in the compact-car segment to offer an active air shutter that closes at higher speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag and opens at lower speeds to optimize engine-cooling airflow. Engineers also made more than 42 changes to reduce weight on the Cruze Eco, such as light-weight 17-inch wheels and tires save 21.2 pounds (9.6 kg) per vehicle.
    The Cruze Eco features a standard Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine that delivers the fuel efficiency of a smaller engine, as well as the power of a larger engine when needed. The Ecotec 1.4L turbo delivers 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm. The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps the engine deliver a better driving experience and performance.
    With the standard six-speed manual, the Cruze Eco delivers an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city, and 42 mpg highway. With the available six-speed automatic, the 2012 Cruze Eco delivers an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city, and 39 mpg highway.
    Shell’s tips for improving fuel economy are available at the Shell Smarter Driving website.

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    It actually has surprised me. I have driven from AZ to CA for the weekend. I got about 56 MPG during the long stretches.

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    nothing really new to be honest. those are good numbers, but they should be. The geo prism I used to drive would do 50 mpg plus on a good day if you drove it decent. and that was with 175k on the clock. new cars with new tech should be able to get 40+ easy, yet companys talk about 35 like it is so impressive.

    if these new trucks can get 20+ and wiegh most of 3 tons, a 3000lb car should get over 40. just my opinion tho....


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    Haven't had my Cruze that long, but I average about 30-40MPG but I also have a heavy foot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierraowner5.3 View Post
    if these new trucks can get 20+ and wiegh most of 3 tons,

    Do you know anyone actually getting 20+. So far I'm not impressed with my new 2012 Tahoe. The claims of 14 city and 21 highway aren't even close. Of course since its hot i drive with the AC on, but I'm getting a combined 13.3. On stretches on the highway i only get 17.5 Im not really complaining, i just expected better. My 2005 Avalanche got 14+ on average.

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