We never quite understood why Chevy would intentionally restrict the functionality of the Driver’s Information Center (DIC) in the 2011 Cruze. For instance, the 2011 Cruze didn’t have an instantaneous MPG readout, unless one opted for the Eco variant — a fact that really irked us here at GM Authority.
Fortunately, the folks in charge of the compact Chevy saw the light and decided to substantially upgrade the DIC found in the 2012 Cruze. We recently got some hands-on time with a 2012 Cruze LTZ and thought it useful to showcase the information center updates for all to see.
Trip & Fuel Information
The trip/fuel info section of the DIC received the lion’s share of updates, including several new functions compared to the 2011 model. For starters, the first three screens now feature more details in the form of three lines, compared to the one-liners in the 2011 model. In addition, the instantaneous fuel economy and timer screens are new to this section of the DIC. The section now has the following screens, in order of appearance:
- Overview: speed, fuel range, average MPG
- Trip info 1 and Trip info 2, which includes:
- Miles traveled
- AVG MPG on this particular tank/reset
- Average MPH on this particular tank/reset
Vehicle Information Menu
The vehicle information section of the DIC remains the same, but adds a screen for the coolant temperature. The section now has the following screens, in order of appearance:
- Tire pressure
- Remaining oil life
- Coolant temperature
- Battery voltage
- Units – U.S. vs. Metric
The GM Authority Take
The DIC improvements found in the 2012 Cruze are very welcomed. In fact, we’re not exactly sure why they weren’t there to begin with when the Cruze launched back in mid-2010, or why one had to opt for the Cruze Eco to get the Instantaneous MPG readout… which ironically wasn’t available on the top-of-the-line (and more expensive) 2LT and LTZ trim levels. Nevertheless, we’re fans of the updated DIC — which makes an already excellent car, even better.
Now, any bets on when the Cruze will get a colored version of the DIC like the unit found in the 2013 Malibu? Talk to us in the comments below.