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Hi, Newbie here on this forum. I am in the market for a car. Been looking at the Gen 1 Eco, but see the EPA numbers for the Gen 2 are higher. I am looking for the best fuel economy possible as well as range per tank. Wanted to reach out to the experts here to get your feedback. I prefer a manual trans, but I see the best economy on fueleconomy.gov for the Gen 2 is with the auto transmission? Thanks.
 

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Best range, Gen1 diesel. Best mpg, Gen2 diesel stick shift.
The Gen2 is larger, lighter, slightly more aerodynamic (but the lower Cd is offset by the fact that it's larger), and has more efficient engines, gas and diesel.

If you don't want to go diesel, I suspect Gen2 sedan with stick shift is the winner, with Gen1 Eco stick shift following close behind.

My Gen2 1.4L auto sedan is capable of low 50s mpg at a constant 55mph, but that drops off noticeably above 60mph. Driving at 75, the 40-42 epa rating is about the best I can hope for.
 

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Hands down the diesels are the fuel economy champs. The Gen 1 is quiet (inside - pretty noisy outside) and feels very heavy on the road. The Gen 2 diesel feels a lot like a normal gasoline model; very little difference aside from the shove of torque and slight diesel clatter on the outside.

If you don't want a diesel, I've owned both generations of 1.4 and this is what I'd say:

The Gen 1 with a stick (mine was a 1LT; add 2-4 MPG for the Eco as it has more aero bits and lighter wheels/LRR tires) was more efficient on the highway, but also far more lethargic and 234892349823x more problematic to own. I specifically sought out the 1LT manual because a few test drives with the Eco gearing (3 overdrive gears, WIDE spacing between gears) drove me absolutely nuts. It was a solid 42 MPG highway car; ~30 city. I liked the torque the car had on the highway without shifting out of 6th, but when you really wanted to move or pass, there was nothing in it left to give. The Gen 1's are quiet, very solid little highway cruisers, and also fun to throw around a back road.

The Gen 2 (Premier, auto, with the big wheels and non-MPG focused tires) has a lot more power, the powertrain is a lot more refined, and has been way more reliable at this point into ownership. It's a 40 MPG highway car if you keep it at or below 70, and I am doing more short city driving than I used to, so that mileage is in the mid to high 20's. The auto is sometimes hesitant to downshift unless you give it a good stomp, but it will get up and move a lot better than the Gen 1 would, and the engine has a good 2500-4500 RPM torque band. The car doesn't feel as solid as the Gen 1 - it lost a good 200 lbs of weight and is on a newer, bigger platform. The steering is totally and completely lifeless, and it isn't as eager to be chucked into corners as the Gen 1 was, despite the lower profile tires on mine. They admittedly do make ride quality a little worse too. Despite that, they improved on a lot of other areas with the car: interior room, refinement, way better HVAC, and better reliability.
 

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I prefer a manual trans, but I see the best economy on fueleconomy.gov for the Gen 2 is with the auto transmission? Thanks.
Having owned both a ‘12 Eco 6mt and a ‘17 Lt Auto I have a thought on the EPA ratings. Our ‘17 Auto makes the same mpg as the ‘12 man. The reason is that my wife puts on 75% of the miles on and she is not so mileage conscious. Driving a manual for best mileage takes conscious action (downshifting, coasting, etc.) The new Auto is programmed to downshift itself coasting to a stop. That keeps it in the zero fuel use without any action by the driver, thereby negating some of the advantages of a manual transmission. The EPA ratings use normal driving (not hyper miling) techniques.
 

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Thanks for the feedback regarding the Gen 1 and Gen 2 differences. Been searching here on the forum and found a lot of info that is helping me to decide if I am going to buy a Cruze. I appreciate the help.
 

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I own a 2014 eco Manual. I love it. 42 highway 32 all around. but I"m in a smaller city. Less stop and go. I would recommend a 2014-15 first generation with a manual. It has been good to me.
 

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Now to throw a curveball - take a look at your daily driving habits and whether or not you can charge regularly (as in daily), even on a 110V circuit. If you can, consider a Volt (either generation). When running on gas you'll see anywhere from 40 to 55 MPG depending on speed and if your commute is short enough you may not need to put gas in the tank more than once a year. I haven't put gas in my Volt since Feb 28.

I only post this because OP is asking for fuel efficiency.
 

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If you're looking for a used car, circa 2016, I think the Cruze has a lot to offer.

This Carp&Drivel comparison helped me decide on a 2Gen, along with this road test.
The Cruze placed 3rd in the five car comparison despite being the fastest, the most fuel efficient, the quietest, and the most comfortable (some of those first place performances were ties), because they found it too boring, it was the small car that thought it was a Malibu.

Where do you live?
Maybe somebody here would know about a car you might want.
 

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I have a Gen 1 manual. It really depends how I drive it. The main thing that I have discovered is that once you get over 35mpg, an 1 or 2 mpg is very insignificant to the mileage per tank or per dollar. They all get pretty good mileage. Pick what you will most enjoy driving.

On the other hand if you are in the market for a transport vessel, I would recommend any series of the Firefly model. Keep in mind that the Firefly Series 2 was the first series driven by the Capissen 38 Mark II engine, providing twice the fuel economy of the Series 1. Stay shiny, Captain Tightpants.
 

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I was told just yesterday Las Vegas is almost out of Used Cars!:th_SmlyROFL: Forgive the Salesman's spelling

Hyundai of Las Vegas
Dear Eddy CRUZE

I have been trying to reach you for a couple of days now. I have some great news for you regarding your trade in. After the big weekend we had, there is practically no used vehicles to sell. So now, more than ever we need quality used vehicles like yours.

If your still considering trading it in, would it be fair for us to see it in person and put a competative bid one it? There is nothing to lose, at the very least you will have a number to shop around town right?
 

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My 2018 sedan diesel with 6 speed manual on a test run while still not broken in achieved 55 mpg flat out highway cruising between 70 and 75 mph with Air conditioning running. I did a 400 mile round trip with just myself in the vehicle. Average highway is at 52 mpg. Around town my average is a consistent 32 to 33 mpg. Hope that helps.
 

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I have a Gen 1 manual. It really depends how I drive it. The main thing that I have discovered is that once you get over 35mpg, an 1 or 2 mpg is very insignificant to the mileage per tank or per dollar. They all get pretty good mileage. Pick what you will most enjoy driving.

On the other hand if you are in the market for a transport vessel, I would recommend any series of the Firefly model. Keep in mind that the Firefly Series 2 was the first series driven by the Capissen 38 Mark II engine, providing twice the fuel economy of the Series 1. Stay shiny, Captain Tightpants.
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One thing to consider if you decide to go for a Gen 1 Eco is that the 6 speed manual has a smaller fuel cell than the automatic. The manual equipped ECO had a 12.6 gallon fuel tank. The automatic still has the 15.6 gallon tank.
 

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I am trying to decide whether to buy buy my 2016 Cruze LT as it comes off lease.
It has been running perfectly for nearly 3 years. (52000 miles)

Just drove 150 miles to visit my father, 60 miles at 65mph, 60 miles at 70mph, and 30 miles at 60mph.
Indicatd gas mileage of 47.3 with the air conditioning on the entire trip. MPG at pump is never move than 3 mpg below indicated.

I am also considering leasing an LT Hatchback before the Dealer runs out... 4 left in inventory.
The word on highway gas mileage with gasoline engine???

Having a tough time making a decision.
 

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I am trying to decide whether to buy buy my 2016 Cruze LT as it comes off lease.
It has been running perfectly for nearly 3 years. (52000 miles)

Just drove 150 miles to visit my father, 60 miles at 65mph, 60 miles at 70mph, and 30 miles at 60mph.
Indicatd gas mileage of 47.3 with the air conditioning on the entire trip. MPG at pump is never move than 3 mpg below indicated.

I am also considering leasing an LT Hatchback before the Dealer runs out... 4 left in inventory.
The word on highway gas mileage with gasoline engine???

Having a tough time making a decision.
Gen 2 automatic mileage is very similar to Gen 1 manual mileage in my experience. So, 40 to mid 40's hwy if you're not doing 80.
 

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One thing to consider if you decide to go for a Gen 1 Eco is that the 6 speed manual has a smaller fuel cell than the automatic. The manual equipped ECO had a 12.6 gallon fuel tank. The automatic still has the 15.6 gallon tank.
Both have the same size tank. The ECO MT has a slightly different shroud on the fuel pump that causes the fuel pump to click off three gallons earlier.
 

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So the hatchback is pretty thrifty on the highway too. The lease deals on the Cruzes are not very good right now and the Dealer only has 4 or 5 in inventory. Probably going to end up buying out the lease on my 2016 sedan.
 

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Hi, Newbie here on this forum. I am in the market for a car. Been looking at the Gen 1 Eco, but see the EPA numbers for the Gen 2 are higher. I am looking for the best fuel economy possible as well as range per tank. Wanted to reach out to the experts here to get your feedback. I prefer a manual trans, but I see the best economy on fueleconomy.gov for the Gen 2 is with the auto transmission? Thanks.
Just took my 2016 gen 2 for a little road trip today. First time out with it. Only 135 miles but it told me i got 47 mpg, which i think is awesome.
 
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