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Old 02-04-2011, 01:44 PM   #158 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
First dedicated review of the Cruze ECO I've seen:

Quick Spin: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco — Autoblog

Relevant bit, from a 130 mile mostly interstate trip in southern California (ie. warm conditions):
This is what I find interesting :

On the aerodynamic front, GM bolted on a complete underbody tray to reduce wind turbulence, and small plastic spats were installed ahead of each tire to better control airflow around the wheels. Additionally, the engineers made the decision to reduce the Eco's tow rating (yes, the Cruze has a tow rating), allowing them to further close off the front grille while still maintaining proper engine temperature.
This is a reduction of the specs of the car for Ecoformance. This is obvious to us because if we were to tow something, we would be opening/removing our grill blocks to do it. However, for the manufacturer to do it, they have to reduce the stated capabilities of the car.

Overall it has a lot of the goodies we like. I still say that equivalent crash test results will make the Eco Cruze weight changes filter down to the base Cruze.

I've never had a 6-speed. I could skip-shift to my heart's content!


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