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The New Chevy Cruze: Raising the Bar for Fuel Economy and Standard Features

Last updated 6 years ago

Even though the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is so popular it became the best-selling compact care in America in just months after its launch, and the Cruze Eco is so economical that it’s actually the most fuel-efficient gas-only vehicle in the country, Chevy wasn’t about to rest on its laurels. Instead, engineers worked diligently to make the 2012 Cruze even more fuel efficient—and succeeded.

Thanks to a revised axle ratio, the 2012 Cruze Eco with its standard 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine and available six-speed automatic transmission will be able to achieve up to 39 mpg highway, while the standard Cruze with the same powertrain will be able to reach 38 mpg highway.

Said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing: “Fuel economy is the top reason customers buy a compact and the Cruze’s greater efficiency for 2012 makes it all the more attractive.”

But that’s not all that’s new for the new model year. In addition to increasing the Cruze’s fuel economy, Chevy also is increasing its value by incorporating one of 2011’s most popular option packages into the car’s already long list of standard features. The new content includes:

  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • A USB port
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Cruise control
  • A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

And remember, this is on top of standard equipment like air conditioning, remote keyless entry, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with a three-month complimentary subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, power windows, a fuel-saving rack-mounted electric power steering system and a segment-best 10 air bags.

“Chevrolet is committed to responding to what customers want and making it easier for them,” said Scheidt. “Adding these previously optional features streamlines the ordering process and answers the call of what our customers told us should be standard.”

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is on sale now at Jerry’s Chevrolet in Baltimore, Maryland. Please call 410-661-9100 to schedule a test drive today.



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