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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 disagree with them wholeheartedly on nearly everything. .
The Focus is too small if you are > 6 feet. And the MyFord touch is a nightmare. Cruze is much nicer imo
...unfortunately, it (milage increase) was accomplished by reducing the axle-ratio from original 3.87:1 down by 9% to 3.53:1.
So all 2012 automatics have the new axle-ratio?
I was extremely disappointed in the 2012 Ford Focus. The interior noise was way to loud compared to the Chevy Cruze. The interior was cheap and the buttons felt terrible. The steering wheel position blocked the center digital display and I could not find a seating position that felt comfortable. The front leg room was way better in the Cruze.
I agree 100% I wanted to like the Focus. Too noisy and not enough leg room. I will give Ford another year to fix the MyFord and see if it makes a difference.
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