Chevy Cruze does not offer “hybrid-like” fuel economy
Ultimately, hybrids are city cars, the Cruze is not
The new Chevy Cruze is a very nice car, and for many Americans it provides excellent fuel economy, but in no way does the Cruze offer “hybrid-like fuel economy without the price,” as GM suggests.
Hybrid cars were designed to improve city fuel economy, although often highway fuel economy is also improved a bit. And in the city, Cruze fuel economy is nowhere close to the hybrid fuel economy of a similarly sized Toyota Prius. Not even close.
According to the EPA, a manual Cruze offers 28 mpg in the city. An automatic Prius offers 51 mpg. 28 mpg is almost the same as 51 mpg, just like apples and oranges almost taste the same. Even in combined mileage the Prius offers significantly better fuel economy than the Cruze. Add an automatic transmission and Cruze city fuel economy drops to either 22 or 24 mpg dependent upon version – less than half what the Prius provides.
The Chevy Cruze is a great GM offering in its class, but its not in the same class as a hybrid like the Prius.
And, if GM is so concerned about “hybrid-like” fuel economy in this segment, then build some Prius-like hybrid cars, and save the cheesy hybrid marketing for ‘old’ GM reunions.