The Chevrolet Cruze Eco
Working to Save you Money at the Pump, without Sacrificing Performance, Safety or Style
It’s a simple fact; we all want to save money. Whether it’s at the store shopping for groceries or buying a home people love a deal. Nowhere it this more important than at the fuel pump. The United States Department of Energy argues fuel economy is important to consumers for four simple reasons: reduction of oil dependence costs, the reduction of CO2 omissions, increasing the energy sustainability of our fuel consumption as a nation and most importantly saving the consumer money. In fact according to fueleconomy.gov, the official U.S. government source for Fuel Economy information choosing a fuel economic vehicle could save you, “as much as $1,700 in fuel costs each year.”
As much as consumers love saving money, there is one thing they hate: having to sacrifice a top performing engine for a less than peppy hybrid engine. In fact a quick Google search of “hybrid Car Complaints” yields pages of less than positive reviews of hybrids cars. Problems such as not getting the advertized miles to the gallon and weak performance top the charts. Consumers seem eager to save money but not to sacrifice performance.
Chevrolet Cruze Eco
Enter the Chevrolet Cruze Eco a vehicle that boasts a peppy traditional 1.4 Liter EcoTec Turbo engine and a smart 42 mpg on the EPA highway cycle. According to Kelly Blue Book.com, “The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze sedan’s 4-cylinder turbocharged engine not only delivers ample torque for a fun drive, it’s also quiet and fuel-efficient.” There is little difference between the 2013 and 2014 models of the Cruze Eco. However, the 2014 models which will hit the market in the summer of 2013 will offer a diesel version of the fuel friendly sedan.
But just how well does this engine stand up to the average driver? According to Luke Vandezande Auto reviewer for Auto Guide.com the Cruze Eco does well in everyday driving. “Especially around town the Cruze Eco’s turbo 1.4-liter 4-cylinder feels surprisingly peppy,” he explained in his review of the 2013 Cruze Eco, “Shifting into second gear, the car tugs with enough power to find the speed limit without feeling taxed.”
You will be surprised at how Chevrolet was able to achieve this equilibrium of performance and fuel efficiency. Surprisingly the answer isn’t just in the engine. “Using a combination of lighter materials, better aerodynamics and low-rolling-resistance tires allows the Cruze Eco to achieve hybrid-like fuel economy that exceeds 40 mpg on the EPA highway cycle,” explained Luke Vandezande.
“First, Chevrolet cut almost 100 lbs. from the base Cruze’s curb weight by tossing out the spare tire in favor of a patch kit, shrinking the gas tank to 10.5 gallons, and simplifying the rear suspension,” wrote Vandezande.
Drivers don’t need to be worried about the slim down—the Cruze Eco’s safety ratings are impeccable regardless of the vehicle’s weight loss. According the Edmunds.com the 2013 Cruze Eco boasts a fantastic crash test rating. “In government crash testing,” Edmunds.com’s review of the 2013 Cruze Eco explained, “the Cruze earned a top five-star rating for overall safety performance, with five stars in both frontal and side-impact categories. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Cruze received a top score of “Good” in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength testing.”
Edmunds.com, which does its own independent brake testing of vehicles, also found the Cruze Eco to be quite impressive in its ability to stop on a dime. “In Edmunds brake testing,” Edmunds.com explained in its 2013 Cruze Eco review, “a Cruze LTZ stopped from 60 mph in 122 feet, a slightly better-than-average distance for this class of car. Even with its fuel-economy-friendly tires, the Cruze Eco stopped in just about the same distance.”
All Chevrolet Cruze models including the Cruze Eco come standard with full length curtain air-bags, front and rear side air-bags, ABS brakes and stability control. Optional safety features available on the Cruze Eco are blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera system and rear cross-traffic alert. In fact World Report voted the Chevrolet Cruze the Best Compact Car for Families, over the 2013 Hyundai Elantra because of its ample safety features.
Modern Interior and Stellar Features
While most fuel efficient cars follow the stereotype of being all business and no play, both Edmunds.com and Luke Vandezande found the interior design of the Cruze Eco to be quite modern and stylish.
Edmunds.com found that, “The interiors of other compact cars often illustrate where the automaker chose to cut costs, but the Cruze’s traditional big-car design with two-tone color schemes looks more upscale than many of the car’s competition.” With the state of the art Chevrolet MyLink infotainment center and stylish modern interior the Chevrolet Cruze Eco interior is definitely worth mentioning.
“This year’s updated electronics interface is easier to use than last year and also provides additional functionality through the Chevy MyLink system, providing smChevrolet Cruze Eco Interior smartphone integration (for apps such as Pandora) and enhanced voice control.”
In addition to the Chevy MyLink center the Cruze Eco also has specific features aimed at getting you the best fuel economy for your ride.
“Between its gauges,” explained Vandezande, “an information screen controlled by a knob mounted on the turn signal stick offers typical trip stats, but it also provides an “average mpg gauge.” It offers current as well as average fuel consumption figures that show exactly where the car sits compared to the trip’s recorded gas usage.”
Without sacrificing safety, performance or style the Chevrolet Cruze Eco hopes to win the hearts and minds of fuel efficiency loving consumers who aren’t ready to settle for a boring hybrid just yet.