Chevy Announces Cruze Gas Mileage

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan will get an EPA-estimated 26/36 mpg city/highway when fitted with the base 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed manual transmission. With a six-speed automatic, the rating drops to 22/35 mpg. The Cruze takes regular gas.

The Cruze's manual transmission rating is a little bit better than the rating of a comparable 2010 Honda Civic (26/34 mpg), but the automatic rating isn't as good as the Civic's (25/36 mpg). Meanwhile, the 2010 Toyota Corolla's manual-transmission rating of 26/35 mpg with its base engine is nearly identical to the Cruze's rating, but the Corolla's automatic-transmission rating of 26/34 mpg offers notably better city fuel economy.

Chevrolet also revealed that Cruze sedans with the optional turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder – which goes in LT and LTZ trim levels – will get 24/36 mpg with a six-speed automatic. The turbo four-cylinder will also be offered with a six-speed manual in what Chevrolet calls the Cruze Eco, but its official gas mileage estimates have yet to be released. The automaker will only say that this engine and transmission combination is expected to achieve a 40 mpg highway rating.

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By Mike Hanley | September 1, 2010 | Comments (48)

Comments 

Tony

Now, looking into previous experience with Chevy products, the EPA numbers probably little overestimated. do you think?

sheth

tony:

The brand has nothing to do with EPA estimates, all companies follow the exact same procedures. If chevy numbers are inflated than you can say the same for any brand.

Tony

Sheth,

the testing is done by manufacturer, so there is possibility of EPA number bump by tweaking some conditions. So far , the worst case is Chevy Equinox.

Gerry

Tony,
Our new Equinox has never delivered the EPA ratings even though the dealer said "everything checks out". My old Mazda used to hit the EPA ratings and in some cases beat it. I think the GM ratings are embellished as this is a common complaint among Chevy owners.

sheth

Tony:

Some owners have noted getting 32-33mpg doing 60-65mph. Wrong again.

There is NO room for manufacturers to "tweak" anything. If there was the EPA system would be worthless. If you continue to claim Chevy is faking the numbers you need to offer proof.

None of the tests of the Sonata have matched its EPA combined figures and in some tests its failed to exceed the mileage of cars with lower EPA ratings. All manufacturers are designing powertrains to ace the new EPA tests.

Gerry:

My brother has a 3- trust me it doesn't meet or beat its EPA city numbers. Same for my car. Saying your Equinox doesnt meet EPA figures without disclosing how you drive or where you drive tells us nothing. In heavy traffic or in the hands of a lead foot no car meets the EPA figures.

qdp

My experience told me that those domestic auto makers just inflate EPA ratings one way or other because their political power can sheild them from being caught and punished

The simple question is: how come suddenly over night demostic cars have better ratings than most competitive fuel-economy Japanese auto-makes.

Building competitive fuel-efficient cars needs years-long engineering effort. How come that one year bankrupt reorganization(GM) or a short period of company turnaround(Ford)can help boost EPA to such a high level?

J

So, if the Cruze does not beat the Civic in terms of fuel economy, horsepower number, but only transmission speeds. What is so class leading about this vehicle when it cannot even beat a 5 (going to 6) year old model?

Derrick G

sheth,

Consumer Reports got 27 combined in the Sonata in their precise, formal testing. And Edmunds was averaging 25.6 as of their last update (it wasn't included in today's). Autoweek has gotten 33.5 on a trip with their long term car. Road & Track averaged 26.6.

Walter Chan

Geez, only 22 MPG city rating for automatic. That is horrible and I am mad. No GM for me.

Rockaby

Whether you want to believe that the Sonata's EPA estimates are "achievable", the fact is that the 1.8L automatic in this Cruze gets the exact same as the 200hp, 2.4L automatic in the midsize Sonata.

Zack

J, Cruze is much larger than Civic and that explains the difference in mileage. Cruze outclasses Civic in ride quality, quietness and size, and the cost of that is reduced mileage. Tony, Equinox is a completely different vehicle so your comment makes no sense.

J

Zack,

Ride quality is pretty subjective though.

cody

these numbers are pretty good now, but gm is going to have to make some mid-cycle adjustments in the next couple years.

gm really should have released both of these engines with direct injection. maybe they're holding back to see what honda and toyota come out with before they release their next round of engine upgrades.

Tony

Zack,
my point was that GM inflates its EPA numbers on all cars. Even their small car with fuel efficiency package (I remember one test) was way under EPA rating it had.

George

Ride quality is objective.
You put an accelerometers in it, and then drive and record the data.
It should ride better, it is 500 pounds heavier than a Civic.

almprin06

The Cruze's telescoping-steering-wheel is a welcome feature that many more expensive vehicles are still missing.

The Cruze also delivers-on the 'must have feature' of a steering-wheel-mounted cruise-control. The 2011 Corolla and 2011 Jetta fail in that regard, each suffering from a chintzy cruise-control stalk hidden behind the wheel.

belly

What is ride quality? Is it completely objective? Whenever I hear an editor say ride quality is bad, they go on to say that the vehicle is more sporty, or has a tighter suspension.

I also don't why it is a good thing that this vehicle is bigger than a Civic? The name of the game right now is fuel economy, not having a bigger "small" car.

cody

i think they were making room for a nicer aveo. we'll see how that turns out.

sheth

Tony:

GM doesnt inflate numbers on ANY vehicle. No manufacturer is allowed to do that. What proof have you offered so far? None. You are making things up and that's not cool.

Derrick:

Look at comparos involving the Sonata where all cars were driven in the same manner. Let me know how many times the Sonata exceeded the mileage of Camry and Accord in those tests. C&D compared Sonota, Accord and Legacy and the Hyundai tied the Accord at 24mpg. The Suburu was only 1 or 2mpg behind that figure. MT also had a comparo in which the Sonata failed to surpass its competitors.

ride quality can be measured and reviews thus far suggest this car has class leading ride quality.

Belly:

i'll try and break this down for you: the car is larger than average but still matches the class leaders in mileage. That;s the point. Even you should get that. The standard turbo matches combined EPA mileage of civic and ECO model will exceed. Got it now?

sheth

PS:

The 1.8L is only on the base model so its not going to be the volume engine. The 1.4L is the engine that should be compared with civic and corolla and it matches them while providing much more low end torque.

Zack

J and the others who pointed out that ride quality can be subjective are correct. Like Sheth, I was repeating what I considered to be the consensus of the professional reviewers who have driven Cruze and really liked the ride.

Derrick G

sheth,

There you go again trying to change the goal because you've been proven wrong. Your original statement was "None of the tests of the Sonata have matched its EPA combined figures" which is simply not true. And none of the test you're referring to claim that all the vehicles were driven in the same manner. They are enthusiast sites and don't give fuel economy much weight anyway. CR uses an exact flow meter and the same route and several different drivers and reruns if someone is way off. Plus, I'd note that on the EPA's site, actual owners are reporting 21-35 MPG in the Camry with an average of 27.5. Accord owners report 21-29 with an average of 24.3. Sonata drivers are reporting 28-33 with an average of 31.3. Whether you want to admit it or not, the Sonata is well able to produce its EPA rated average.

belly

i'll try and break this down for you:
-You would know all about breaking down working for GM and all.

the car is larger than average but still matches the class leaders in mileage. That;s the point.
-So you would rather have a heavier larger car, than a smaller car that gets better mileage... for a "small" car?

The standard turbo matches combined EPA mileage of civic and ECO model will exceed.
- Just like everybody else here knows only on paper, boy, only on paper.

belly

The 1.8L is only on the base model so its not going to be the volume engine.
-I think we should wait and see what is going to be "volume" once the car actually goes on sale. Considering the price tag (as announced) I don't think this car is going to sell in high volumes.

Calvin

One advantage of traveling a lot is I get drive a lot of Chevrolet's from Avis. I look forward to driving this new Cruz since the Cobalt was such a dismal failure.

Tadd

2010 Chevy Equinox FWD 4 cyls are consistently getting 32 MPG Hwy. Reset your mileage guage at 55 mpg and watch your mileage. Then watch it drop as you slow down for city/town driving.

sheth

Derrick:

Sorry, I dont read CR for car reviews for obvious reasons. I dont take anything they say seriously. In car magazines and auto sites the Sonata has not demonstrated any mileage advantages in head to head testing. I understand you love the Sonata but its a stretch to say that cars tested at the time time in the same manner are not likely driven in the same way. In a comparison test all cars follow the same route and are tested in the same way. Under those conditions the Sonata has merely matched the mileage of cars with lesser EPA ratings. If you can show me a test where the Sonata displays a real advantage in a test with other leading midsize cars let me know. I dont accept mileage estimates from owners and your claim that owners are getting 31+ mpg in the Sonata explains why. Until you can tell me how those owners drive (is it all highway) their numbers are irrelevant. All that matters is mileage under similar driving conditions.

sheth

"-So you would rather have a heavier larger car, than a smaller car that gets better mileage... for a "small" car?"

Um, yes. More space without a mileage penalty is a good thing. Why would I buy a more cramped civic if I dont get any gains in efficiency? Even you can understand that.

"- Just like everybody else here knows only on paper, boy, only on paper. "

Who sets the policy for mileage? GM or the EPA? Why would the EPA even have standards if automakers were allowed to make up results? That is the stupidest claim I've read in a while. I keep asking you and others for PROOF that the American cars you all hate have doctored EPA stickers but NO ONE has produce any yet. Either be quiet and explain how you determined that GM is faking EPA numbers.

"-I think we should wait and see what is going to be "volume" once the car actually goes on sale. Considering the price tag (as announced) I don't think this car is going to sell in high volumes. "

Ha! Well that means a lot since you obviously know a lot about the industry. The LS model is the ONLY model with the 1.8 L engine. The LT, LTZ and ECO have the 1.4L and thus hte 1.4L will be the volume engine. The LS is basically for fleets so you can bet most consumers will actually have the turbo. The Cobalt sold well and this is a MUCH better car so I think its pretty foolish to expect this car to fail- especially when its more refined than Corolla and Civic.

belly

Either be quiet and explain how you determined that GM is faking EPA numbers.
-Just look at the comparisons of with the Cobalt XFE done on this website. There's proof that you will just ignore.

Sorry, I dont read CR for car reviews for obvious reasons.
-More proof you just ignore.

The LS is basically for fleets so you can bet most consumers will actually have the turbo.
-Yes, so the volume seller will be the 1.8.

The Cobalt sold well and this is a MUCH better car
-Yes, it sold great to the fleets.

this is a MUCH better car so I think its pretty foolish to expect this car to fail- especially when its more refined than Corolla and Civic.
-Hah! GM has made such monumentally "refined" failures as the Citation, Cimarron, Cavalier, and the Cobalt - but their first try, their first try after exiting bankruptcy is going to take down the Civic and the Corolla? When it is priced more?

Well that means a lot since you obviously know a lot about the industry.
-And obviously you do too! You think everyone is going to buy a car from a company that routinely put forth no effort in a small car, but yet this time, yes this is it, it is a good one (not to mention the price). Hah!!! You know what about the industry?!

belly

More space without a mileage penalty is a good thing.
-Uhm, there is a mileage penalty, 22 v. 25 in the city. That is where a majority of the driving is done.

Even you can understand that.

Tom

I have a new 2011 Chevy Cruze with the 1.4 Eco Turbo w/six speed auto. I am struggling to get 30 mph. I only have 1700 miles on the vehicle. I have been told that I will not get top MPG until after 5 to 7K on the car. Has anybody out there had this kind of experience?

johnneu

I wrote the following to General Motors (GM) via the chevy.com website two weeks ago and have not even so much as received an acknowlegement.

25.8 MPG (U.S. measure) (9.12L/100km, 10.97Km/L) using gasoline (not diesel) is the normal GOOD mileage I get on my 2011 Chevy Cruze 2LT Automatic!! Sometimes it's been as bad as 24.5 MPG even though I drive quite gently.
This seems terrible mileage when the window sticker states it to be 24MPG-36MPG.

I drive very gently (no hard accelleration), I rarely accellerate where it gets above 3K RPM, mostly the RPMs get up to 2.5K-3K from a stop.

My communte is about 22 miles a day, half of which is highway driving, and the other half is calm suburb driving (not heavy city traffic, actually near the GM Tech Center in Warren, MI and my commute time is at 7am and 3pm so traffic is light).
Also, that is without using air conditioning at all (it is still fairly cold here in Michigan) and I do not sit in my car with it running for many minutes (such as while eating a work lunch, or remote-start runs for many minutes before driving off), so gas is not wasted on excessive stationary vehicle running.

Note that very day I bought the car on 10Mar2011 and started it up, the DIC stated the car had averaged 19.8MPG (there was about 11 or 14 miles on the vehicle at that point). As I started to drive off the dealership lot I had to turn around and pull into the service bay because the DIC (driver information center) kept blinking off. A few days later I had to take it in & leave it for 2 days with service for the same "blinking out" issue and they finally replaced the instrument cluster (not sure if the full cluster or just the DIC was replaced).
Since then, I've reset the DIC 3 (maybe 4) times to re-average my miles because I was amazed by the poor caclulations.

The latest averaging has probably been ran over 250+miles & the average MPG has changed little, like up/down .2 MPG over the past few days. The car has 438 miles on it so far.

My mileage is HORRIBLE and I cannot figure out why!

Everywhere I read of people that drive softly, as I do, getting about 40 MPG.

Maybe there is something wrong with my specific car????

When the automatic shifts it feels exactly like a manual transmission, meaning that you can feel it tugging quite a bit on accelleration and when slowing down, and when taking off from a stop there is a bit of a lag before you beel the acceleration.

One more point, when letting off the brake there is sometimes a "pssst" sound, like air brakes on big rigs make, only much quieter and can only be heard if the car is up against a wall (such as my going through a drive-thru restaurant).

I've not read of any Cruze owner getting this poor of mileage anywhere online...

Paul

Hey,forget Cruze,buy an 80s K car,it gets similar mileage,comes in wagon form,and if it has survived 20+ odd years it will sure outlive any Cruze.Chevy (s*it) Runs Deep...

DodgeFan

My 94 Intrepid did about 20-22 in the city on cold winter day and gentle run on the highway about 30s, before it died. So we have advanced alot, not really. I notice that modern cars sit higher and taller. I think this affects their milleage even with low coefficent of drag. Your best bet is to live close to work or get a pruis if you are really concerned about milleage. Otherwise buy what you can afford.

carol briggs

I have 2011 Cruze, 9300 miles, and have NOT reached listed highway MPG yet. I drive 600 miles per week highway, maybe another 50 miles city, and still have not cracked 30 MPG yet

Pat

Have Cruze LS w/manual tranny, under 2k total miles. Average mpg right now is 31.6 and I'll bet I can coax it to 32 mpg AVERAGE.

50/50 city, highway. Use mild hyper mileage techniques: coasting in neutral, using higher gears in city driving, etc.

Love this car. Solid handler, quiet, poised and great interior ergonomics. Awesome 10 airbags. I paid $14,900. fantastic deal for the money.
If I had more money, I'd but the Cruze ECO. Sweet ride with the turbo!

Tommey Reed

I have a 2011 cruze LS, I get 23city/28hwy. This car does not meet the 24/36. I looking into the problem and found by increasing intake temperature to 160 deg after the mass air flow. I increase efficiency to 33%. I did testing a 201 mile run with speeds from 25-70, I average 37mpg and needed just 5.4gal to refill the tank. GM sucks, had to fix the problem again.

Tommey Reed

Anyone can see my video on YouTube under "TommeyReed101"
I show a simple heat exchanger that pre-heats the intake air....

JOHNE

I AGREE WITH EVERY ONE.
THE MILEAGE ON THE CURZE LT
SUCKS. MY 2011 WITH 2500 KM
WILL NOT PASS A GAS STATION. ALSO MY DIC IS STUCK 9.5 AND HAS NOT MOVED UNDER ANY DRIVING CONDITIONS. I GET SOME UNREADABLE MESSAGES GOING THOUGH THE MENU.
I AGREE WITH 'JOHNNEU ' GM NEEDS TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT THIS MODLE CAR.
MY LAST 4 CARS HAVE BEEN GM.
IT WILL BE MY LAST GM.

Frank

I have A 2012' Chevy Cruze 1LT w/ the RS Package. I was getting 30.1 mpg with the original Firestone FR710 tires. I did not like the ride, did not like the handling, did not like the road noise so I bought and installed Pirelli P4 Four Season tires on the car in place of the terrible Firestones. The Pirelli's ARE FANTASTIC and have TRANSFORMED THE CAR!!!! The car handles very well now, grips the road great now, the ride is so much better now and it has much less road noise. The mpg are 29.9 so I go much better tires on the car now and the same mpg's! This is a GREAT CAR and now I LOVE IT EVEN MORE with the PIRELLI P4 TIRES ON IT!

Frank

I have read many good and bed comments about the Chevy Cruze. I don't have any of the problems these owners are talking about! My 2012' Chevy Cruze is a 1LT w/ the RS package and the car handles and rides with thrilling agility and great handling. My mileage has been averaging 29.9 to 30.1 mpg's. My last car was a 2008' Chevy Malibu and it only got 22.4 mpg's. Comparing the Chevy Cruze to the Chevy Malibu is like night and day in favor of the Chevy Cruze. The Cruze is a much sportier car with much better handling, it has better gas mileage and it has far better headlights. The Malibu was a very nice car but I like the Cruze MUCH BETTER!

Frank

A follow up to my last post. I have about 2,200 miles on my Chevy Cruze now and I am getting a steady 30.0 miles per gallon and mixed City & Highway driving. The car has loosened up quite a bit now and it soaks up bumps and road irregularities very well. The engine is getting smoother and the brake are excellent and never over worked. The interior is really fun, sporty and has beautiful quality, I looked at both the Lexus ES 250 and the BMW 3 series and both cars are just over priced, have less room inside and just seem a big waste of money when compared to the Chevy Cruze.

Vantage

I'm using Chevy Cruze LS 2010 from 7 months aprox.
The avergage KPL i'm getting is 8.431
Is it fine ???
Please advise...

Roger

I absolutely hate this car, and as soon as I can it will be traded. GM is full of crap, I average 26 mpg highway driving at the posted speed limit. I was told milage will be grate and your trade in only gets 26, why not trade up. Now my payment is $150.00 a month and I am drop $80.00+ a week in the tank. So whoever is yelling show proof come drive this hunk of crap for a week and you will have all the proof you need. NO MORE GM's for me.

Roger

Sorry the payment is $150.00 more a month, and great is spelled completely wrong. I have good power and driving but the mpg's just suck, my round trip daily is 126 miles and I have to fill up twice a week and then on the way home on my friday I have to get gas. I traded a Chrysler Sebring which got the same milage and was a far better ride and cost a lot less, going back to mopar for sure

Iris

I am disappointed with my 2011 Cruze LT. I never get past 22 mpg. It is all city driving but GM promised atleast 25. Don't know how long I will keep it.

Lori

I love my 2012 Chevy Cruze but I DO NOT get the gas mileage I was told I would. I am sooooo disappointed and really am considering doing something about this. Any suggestions from anyone?

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