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Chevy Finally Has Competitive Compact With Cruze

Great fuel mileage, snazzy interior, sharp exterior highlight small sedan.

by on Sep.30, 2011

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is setting sales records for General Motors, a far cry from the unloved Cobalt it replaced.

When Chevrolet replaced its long-running Cavalier compact with the Cobalt, some pundits wondered if we just would have been better with yet another update of its ancient predecessor.

There are no such thoughts about the Cobalt’s replacement, the Cruze. The Cruze is so much better that in a few years when its successor is introduced, it is likely that it won’t have sullied its name so much that General Motors needs to come up with yet another moniker for its compact offering.

Fuel mileage has become a major point of emphasis for automakers everywhere and GM is crowing loudly that the Cruze can be ordered in Eco trim, which is rated at 42 mpg highway, the highest such rating for any gasoline-powered, nonhybrid sold in this country.

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The Cruze tested here doesn’t carry that 42-mpg label, but it’s still impressive, scoring 26 city and 38 highway on the EPA tests. We saw 32 in a combination of freeway and rural two-lanes.

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First Look: 2010 Chevy Cruze

A year late, GM small car debuting in LA.

by on Nov.17, 2009

Two high-mileage vehicles to appear at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Chevrolet Volt and the Chevrolet Cruze.

Two high-mileage cars to appear at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze.

You’ll be hearing a lot about the Chevrolet Volt in the months to come – as if you hadn’t already – but for most buyers looking for a small, fuel-efficient vehicle, the real news to come out of next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show will focus on the long-awaited Chevy Cruze.

VERY long-awaited, for the replacement for the long-in-the-tooth Cobalt is more than a year behind schedule, reflecting the various problems, financial and otherwise, that drove the giant maker into bankruptcy earlier this year.

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Cruze, had it shown up for the 2009 model-year, as originally planned, might have given some real momentum to Chevrolet at a time the bottom was falling out.  It certainly should have helped the automaker do better in this past summer’s Cash-for-Clunkers program, which emphasized small, fuel-efficient products and ultimately turned into a real plus for Asian makers like Toyota and Hyundai.

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