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2012 Chevy Cruze Fuel Economy Upped to 38-MPG, Matching Ford Focus

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When Chevy first brought the Cruze to America, there were bold promises of 40-mpg. Then GM proudly boasted that the special Cruze Eco would get an astonishing 42-mpg.

Unfortunately that Eco model costs plenty more than the standard vehicle and only the 6-speed manual model (of which approximately six will be sold) gets the 42-mpg mark, while the auto-box Eco is rated at a less dramatic 38-mpg. As for the Cruze most people will look at buying, it received an official 36-mpg rating by the EPA.

An alarmingly good number just a few years ago, with the launch of a new Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic, it's already nearing the back of the pack. Chevy aims to change this for 2012, upping the Cruze's highway mpg rating by 2 for a 38-mpg total. The Cruze ECO model with an automatic transmission will also get a slight bump and will now be rated at 39-mpg.

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I wasn’t aware that the transmission has a “learning stage”. Lately I’ve developed the habit of shifting into Neutral with my auto trans, in certain situations, so that the car will coast (instead of slowing down abruptly due to the trans downshifting automatically). Now I’m wondering if this is a good practice (odometer reads about 3,100km./1,900mi). Would anyone know?

The downshift will definitely smooth out. However, due to the fuel cut-off feature that saves gas during decelleration, it still tends to be more noticable that the old style auto that were completely seamless on downshift.
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