2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Manual - Short Take Road Test (Car & Driver)

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    2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Manual - Short Take Road Test (Car & Driver)

    2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Manual - Short Take Road Test
    Car and Driver
    June 2011
    by Jon Yanca




    Unlike fuel-economy specials of yesteryear, the new crop of misers—like the Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus SFE—doesn’t require you to serve a penalty for not paying at the pump. Instead of forcing buyers into the most basic, stripped-out model to obtain those extra mpg, the Cruze Eco is a normal conveyance with all the customary amenities of a modern small car.

    In fact, if you’re in the market for a Cruze, we’d strongly suggest you consider the Eco. For starters, it’s a fine-looking ride, with the aforementioned lowered stance and showy 17-inch wheels. It looks more sporty than frugal, and we’d even spring for the $195 Black Granite Metallic paint of our test car to add a dash of elegance. Its interior, like those in costlier Cruze trims, is quiet and stylish, with excellent fit and finish. Some of the interior plastics could stand to be a grade or two higher, but the fabric trim panels on the dash are a first-rate focal distraction.

    Aiding the Eco’s case is the fact that it is the quickest Cruze we’ve tested. Chevy acknowledges the fact that the manual’s first- and second-gear ratios are “aggressive,” which helps this miserly compact hit 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.

    The compact-car class is rich with great choices. Although the 2012 Ford Focus is the current champ, the value offered by the Cruze Eco is at least a good way to beat the heat at the pump.

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    Re: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Manual - Short Take Road Test (Car & Driver)

    The Eco did better than I thought it would.
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    Re: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Manual - Short Take Road Test (Car & Driver)

    Take Eco 1LT
    remove low-rolling resistance tires, and wrap the forged wheels with some really good rubber
    jack up the boost and push out another 20-30hp out of the 1.4t
    Go with a better brake pad up front
    Go racing. Eco is the performance model right now. Its 200lbs lighter than a regular Cruze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAls87Z28 View Post
    Take Eco 1LT
    remove low-rolling resistance tires, and wrap the forged wheels with some really good rubber
    jack up the boost and push out another 20-30hp out of the 1.4t
    Go with a better brake pad up front
    Go racing. Eco is the performance model right now. Its 200lbs lighter than a regular Cruze.

    That... that's a great idea!
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    LOL at all the FORD fans in this thread thinking they got a one up. This is the Yukon Denali and trust me it's going to blow away the Navigator. Escalade is gunning for RR/Bentley level of interiors and beyond. I've talked to someone about this on another site that confirmed it Navigator isn't even being bench-marked at Cadillac too low for them.
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    Re: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Manual - Short Take Road Test (Car & Driver)

    Nice write-up. The Eco would definitely be the Cruze I'd pick.
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    Re: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Manual - Short Take Road Test (Car & Driver)

    I'm very curious what this same powertrain will do in the Sonic, which will still be several hundred pound lighter than this car. I'm guessing closer to a 7.5 sec 0 - 60, a mid-15.7 or so sec quarter ... plus 40 mpg or better on the highway. If so, and thee price is right, that seems like a pretty decent combination!

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    Re: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Manual - Short Take Road Test (Car & Driver)

    Quote Originally Posted by BigAls87Z28 View Post
    Take Eco 1LT
    remove low-rolling resistance tires, and wrap the forged wheels with some really good rubber
    jack up the boost and push out another 20-30hp out of the 1.4t
    Go with a better brake pad up front
    Go racing. Eco is the performance model right now. Its 200lbs lighter than a regular Cruze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAls87Z28 View Post
    Take Eco 1LT
    remove low-rolling resistance tires, and wrap the forged wheels with some really good rubber
    jack up the boost and push out another 20-30hp out of the 1.4t
    Go with a better brake pad up front
    Go racing. Eco is the performance model right now. Its 200lbs lighter than a regular Cruze.
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    Re: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Manual - Short Take Road Test (Car & Driver)

    We, of course, drove the Eco like we’d stolen it and still managed 29 mpg overall in 600 miles of driving.
    So, if you bought an automatic instead and did drive it without aggression, you'd get what? 33? 34? 35? That's setting the efficiency bar really low, especially for a car with noticeably less legroom in back than a regular Prius and quite a bit less than the upcoming bigger model... which offers a combined MPG estimate of 42.

    Acceptance of lower efficiency standards will harm Volt. People will settle with Cruze for half the price. Becoming complacent about oil dependency and simply accepting the higher price of gas is the "boil a frog" situation playing out before our eyes. People simply adapt to paying more rather than actually doing something to deal with the problem.

    It tastes like chicken to me, having driven nearly 220,000 miles with 3 different generations of Prius. Rather than embrace change, there's still denial about need. Frog legs for dinner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john1701a View Post
    So, if you bought an automatic instead and did drive it without aggression, you'd get what? 33? 34? 35? That's setting the efficiency bar really low, especially for a car with noticeably less legroom in back than a regular Prius and quite a bit less than the upcoming bigger model... which offers a combined MPG estimate of 42.

    Acceptance of lower efficiency standards will harm Volt. People will settle with Cruze for half the price. Becoming complacent about oil dependency and simply accepting the higher price of gas is the "boil a frog" situation playing out before our eyes. People simply adapt to paying more rather than actually doing something to deal with the problem.

    It tastes like chicken to me, having driven nearly 220,000 miles with 3 different generations of Prius. Rather than embrace change, there's still denial about need. Frog legs for dinner.
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    Do you really read your posts? Why compare your "gas burner" to a Volt? Again, drive 35 miles in your Prius and you'd burn 3/4 of a gallon of gas. Do the same in the Volt and you'd burn zero. Yup, seems the Volt is the one actually making an impact with the amount of gas it uses.

    Its getting sad, it really is. Cruze and Volt are two totally different markets and customers right now.




    Ive seen quite a few Cruze Eco's on the road here lately and they really are starting to make an impact. I just hate that ugly light blue color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1701a View Post
    having driven nearly 220,000 miles with 3 different generations of Prius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john1701a View Post
    So, if you bought an automatic instead and did drive it without aggression, you'd get what? 33? 34? 35? That's setting the efficiency bar really low, especially for a car with noticeably less legroom in back than a regular Prius and quite a bit less than the upcoming bigger model... which offers a combined MPG estimate of 42.

    Acceptance of lower efficiency standards will harm Volt. People will settle with Cruze for half the price. Becoming complacent about oil dependency and simply accepting the higher price of gas is the "boil a frog" situation playing out before our eyes. People simply adapt to paying more rather than actually doing something to deal with the problem.

    It tastes like chicken to me, having driven nearly 220,000 miles with 3 different generations of Prius. Rather than embrace change, there's still denial about need. Frog legs for dinner.
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    I have to disagree as this as a rather simplistic view of the world. Not everyone can afford a Volt (or the Prius) and almost all of us weigh a bunch of wants and needs when choosing a vehicle. This car offers a bit of driving enjoyment, a reasonable price and decent fuel efficiency. Why is that a bad thing? Because it's not the most efficient choice?

    Put to you another way ... a lot of people are cheerleading electrics as city cars to make the 5 mile or so drive to work. Yet, many of those people could bike to work and have far less impact on the environment than even an electric. Does that mean my decade of regular bike commuting means I can look at Prius drives the same way you are viewing the Cobalt Eco? I don't think so; I actually think we all need to weigh our own wants and needs against our collective needs (cleaner environment, less congestion) and try to find good trade-offs as both individuals and citizens [/PREACH]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone View Post
    I have to disagree as this as a rather simplistic view of the world. Not everyone can afford a Volt (or the Prius) and almost all of us weigh a bunch of wants and needs when choosing a vehicle. This car offers a bit of driving enjoyment, a reasonable price and decent fuel efficiency. Why is that a bad thing? Because it's not the most efficient choice?
    The price difference between Cruze & Prius isn't that much. The price of Prius-C is aimed directly at the Cruze market. But why did you even bring that up? It's the GM product-line that was being addressed, not the competition.

    As for being a "bad" thing, that's what was meant by lowered standards. Keep in mind that Prius-V isn't the most efficient either. It strikes that balance, yet still delivers over 40.

    The intent of GM with Volt for 2010 was to target middle-market. Remember all that "game changer" promoting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    Cruze and Volt are two totally different markets and customers right now.
    Need I remind you about a big 2010 goal for Volt? Remember, that "nicely under $30,000" price hope. Different markets were not the intent.

    So, what should we be expecting for 2014?

    Since Volt is dependent upon a plug, what will happen with Cruze? Will it end up with an eAssist variant? How will that be competitive then, when getting a plug is a package option from others?
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