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GREEN | 8 out of 10
26 mpg city, 38 highway (1.4T, auto); 26/38 (1.4T, manual); 22/35 (1.8, auto); 25/36 (1.8 manual)
26/39 (Cruze Eco, automatic); 28/42 (Cruze Eco, manual)
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is very fuel-efficient—if you do mostly highway driving, and if you choose the smaller (and smoother) 1.4T engine.
With the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that comes in most LT and all LTZ models, the Cruze achieves 26/38 mpg with either of the transmission choices. 1.8-liter versions range from 22 to 25 mpg in the city and 35 or 36 on the highway.
And if you steer away from hybrids, the Cruze Eco is one way to delight while keeping it simple. Changes include thinner steel panels, smaller welds, and reduced flanges at welded joints, altogether reducing weight by about 25 pounds. A lower ride height (about the same as the Sport models), a rear spoiler, a larger front air dam, and an underbody air diverter are among the many features that improve fuel economy and aid aerodynamics. And the strategies work, for a significant improvement of 28/42 mpg with the manual transmission or 26/39 with an automatic transmission or 28/42 with the manual. As such, its cruising range of more than 500 miles.To help boost mileage in stop-and-go driving, all Cruze models with the automatic transmission also get a neutral idle feature that automatically disengages the torque converter when sitting at stoplights in Drive.
Highway mileage is excellent, though the Chevy Cruze doesn't fare quite as well on the EPA's city cycle.