According to Consumer Reports, testing has determined that GM engines don’t quite meet the fuel economy numbers that go with what’s on the Monroney sticker. Although it’s hard to take seriously anything CR publishes about GM at this point, here’s what they determined:
“The Chevrolet Cruze outfitted with the 1.4-liter turbo motor is slightly faster than one with the standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder, yet the mileage is no better,” stated the findings. “Using the EPA methods of testing, the turbo Cruze was rated 1 m.p.g. better in combined city and highway driving than the standard model.”
General Motors isn’t the only automotive group under scrutiny with mileage reports. Kia and Hyundai have been seen as untrustworthy, due to their exaggerations in the past few months. And this very report involved Ford, as well. We’ve also driven our share of Cruze turbos, and achieved better combined gas mileage than what the sticker suggests.
GM spokesman Tom Read states “The turbocharged Cruze has “better acceleration across the rpm range making for a more fun-to-drive car. However, if you have a heavy foot on a turbocharged engine, you’re not necessarily going to see a lot of fuel economy benefits. Mileage is really dependent on how you drive.”
Perhaps Consumer Reports should lay off of the right pedal, and learn to use the “Cruze” control.