Chevrolet Cruze Eco Achieves 64 mpg on 9,500-mile Trip
John and Helen Taylor took an unmodified Chevrolet Cruze Eco and traveled through 48 contiguous states, in the end getting a mileage of 64.42 mpg. This is 50 percent better than the EPA estimate of 42 miles per gallon highway for a Cruze Eco manual, said Chevrolet in a press release issued today, underlining that its model is the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered car in the United States, excluding hybrids and diesels.
Cruze Eco is powered by an Ecotec 1.4 turbo engine that’s capable of reaching the same fuel economy rating as a smaller engine, but providing at the same time the power drivers would expect from a bigger unit. In terms of performance, the aforementioned configuration delivers a maximum output of 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 and 4,9000 rpm.
If the engine is matted to a six-speed manual transmission, the Cruze Eco could reach an efficiency level of 28 mpg city and 42 mpg highway, while the automatic unit lowers the figures a little bit to 26 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.
Rumors suggest General Motors is also planning to introduce a diesel version of the Cruze that would achieve 50 mpg (4.7 l/100km), with the debut scheduled for 2013.