2011 Chevrolet Cruze Gets EPA-Certified Fuel Economy Figures

Chevrolet is just days from releasing its new 2011 Cruze to the public, but the compact car had yet to be given concrete fuel economy figures. That changed today as General Motors announced the Environmental Protection Agency's fuel economy numbers for the new compact sedan.

In its most basic form, the Cruze LS is powered by a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated I-4 engine, making 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. A pair of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available, returning 26/36 mpg city/highway, and 22/35, respectively.

All higher-level models are powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 that produces 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. When paired to the six-speed automatic, the LT and LTZ models are capable of 24/36 mpg city/highway.

The Cruze has been available in many markets throughout the world for just over a year and GM is finally preparing to launch the stylish compact sedan Stateside this month. It will carry a base price of $16,995.

The economical Eco trim is outfitted with fuel saving technologies including ultra-low rolling resistance tires and revised body panels that optimize air flow to decrease fuel consumption. Although not yet EPA certified, Chevy claims its most eco-friendly version will return 40 mpg on the highway. The Cruze Eco won't be available at launch, but is scheduled to go on sale before the end of the year.

To prepare dealers for the Cruze's launch, marching orders include purchasing Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic sedans to allow consumers to cross-shop on the lot. Is this a good strategy for Chevy, or will it steer customers away from the Cruze?

Source: Chevrolet, Automotive News (Subscription required)

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