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R&T (May'11 issue) tests 2011 Cruze Eco M6

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...in the May 2011 issue of Road & Track (page 40) is a brief 'Tested' article, "2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco: Fun, efficient, frugal," by Shaun Bailey.

...here are the articles' highlights:

• 0-60 MPH = 8.1 sec.
• 0-¼ MILE = 16.2 sec @ 86.8 mph
• Top Speed = 130 mph (electronically limited)
• Skidpad = 0.84 G
• Slalom = 67.3 mph
• Curb Weight = 3050 lbs.
• R&T Milage = 37.7 mpg.
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...here's a side-by-side summary comparison of the R&T Eco M6 and C&D LTZ A6 tests:

ROAD & TRACK Eco May-2011.....CAR & DRIVER LTZ Jan-2011
• 0-60 MPH........8.1 sec.....0-60 MPH........8.9 sec
• 0-¼ MILE.......16.2 sec.....0-¼ MILE.......17.0 sec
• 0-¼ MILE.......86.8 mph.....0-¼ MILE.......82.0 mph
• Top Speed.......130 mph(*)..Top Speed.......124 mph(**)
• Skidpad........0.84 G.......Skidpad........0.85 G
• Slalom.........67.3 mph.....Slalom............N/A
• Curb Weight....3050 lbs.....Curb Weight....3206 lbs
• Milage.........37.7 mpg.....Milage.........25.0 mpg

.(*) = electronically limited
(**) = drag limited

...notice the "Skidpad" numbers: Eco without Z-link at 0.84 G versus LTZ with Z-link at 0.85 G -- that sorta says the Z-link isn't the major contributor to the Cruze's overall excellent handling!
 

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Looked it up...here is the link: link. Thanks for posting.
That article is from Feb. 2nd. I couldn't find anything on their site about the new review in May, likely won't be there until after the mag hits the shelves.

Nice to see a positive review, though! What I want to see is a magazine test putting all the new small cars together for a "fuel-off". Hopefully they include an LT/Z and an Eco Cruze in the test. Based on what I've read so far, the Eco should show its advantage in economy quite handily.
 

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This is the stuff I have been reading concerning the Cruze's times:

"In Edmunds testing, a Cruze LTZ accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds".

"The manual-transmission model should take around 10 seconds to 60 mph, due to its taller ratios ".

"Chevrolet predicts the longest zero-to-60 mph time for the turbo engine at 10 seconds in the manual Eco trim level, which is tuned for efficiency. Other versions shave another second or more".

Looks like the ECO is really underrated.
 

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That LTZ review would have been for an automatic vs the 6MT for the eco.

From the butt-dynometer the 8 sec sounds about right for the 6mt and with putting on the injen this weekend it feels faster then that now.

Also now that my car is broken in I have taken it on some back roads, taken some hard corners kinda worked it a bit and it took it in stride. Its a **** fun car to whip around.
 

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This is the stuff I have been reading concerning the Cruze's times:

"In Edmunds testing, a Cruze LTZ accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds".

"The manual-transmission model should take around 10 seconds to 60 mph, due to its taller ratios ".

"Chevrolet predicts the longest zero-to-60 mph time for the turbo engine at 10 seconds in the manual Eco trim level, which is tuned for efficiency. Other versions shave another second or more".

Looks like the ECO is really underrated.
I thought i read somewhere the Eco had only a different 6th gear and 1-5 were the same as the other models? Anyone have this info on hand???
 

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...both M32 trannys are listed, one for 1.4LT Eco and one for 1.8L.
 

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Oh wow, i had no idea the Eco was the only Cruze model offered with a manual trans. I guess I've been ignorant to the other models since the Eco was the only one i was interested in.
It's the only 1.4t with a manual. You can get an LS with a stick though as well

GM announced an optional 6speed stick (same/similar as the LS model) would be a rare option for 1.4t (probably by customer order only) but I still don't see it - wonder what happened? maybe 2012...
 
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