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2011 Chevrolet Cruze ECO
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It seems as though I’ve been on an “Eco” kick the past few months, driving the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Lexus CT200h and the Kia Optima. Most of the vehicles I have driven of late have been excellent on fuel and on my pocket book, and for this, I am thankful. This week is no exception: with a claimed (by Natural Resources Canada) city fuel consumption rating of 7.2L/100km and a highway rating of 4.6L/100km, the Cruze ECO is apparently one very thrifty “conventional car.”

Considering its large size (for the compact class) and substantial feel, it is hard for me to believe the above-listed numbers. I drove a regular Cruze Turbo automatic last fall and averaged 8.4L/100km over the course of a cold week with winter tires. This week the tides have turned, and the conditions are nearly ideal.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze ECO
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My tester is close to basics: the Cruze Eco starts at $19,495, to which my tester adds tire pressure monitoring (presumably because no spare tire is provided) and the Connectivity Package for $795 that adds Bluetooth and OnStar and a slew of driver informational gauges. At the time of publication, this vehicle is also eligible for a $1,741 rebate, bringing the Cruze ECO to a very reasonable below-$20,000 price tag before taxes and freight.

The Eco model is equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-litre four cylinder engine that is offered as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. Unlike Chevrolet’s previous “Eco” model, the Cobalt XFE, the Cruze does not feel cheap, stripped-down and built from scrap parts. The Cobalt XFE was rather back-to-basics with manual windows and mirrors, while this new Cruze ECO offers all the comforts you would expect in a compact vehicle today.

Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, power mirrors, power windows, automatic headlamps, satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls and some of the most adjustable seats in the class with eight-way adjustability for both the driver and passenger.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze ECO
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $21,755

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