The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze models with the 1.4L turbo and six-speed automatic transmission will get 2 mpg better fuel economy for a 38 mpg rating, the company announced on Wednesday.
The current model is rated at 36 mpg.
According to Chevrolet, a lower axle ratio for the 2012 models enables about a 5 percent increase in highway fuel efficiency for Cruze. The Cruze Eco with an automatic transmission will deliver as much as 39 mpg on the highway compared with 37 mpg for the current model.
Last month CNET reported that the 2011 Cruze Ecoa 42-mpg highway rating. But that took a few tricks.
Also new for 2012, Chevy said, will be a standard feature package for the 1LT and Eco models, which includes: Bluetooth, USB port, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. These features are part of the $525 Connectivity Plus Cruise option package on 2011 models.
"Chevrolet is committed to responding to what customers want and making it easier for them," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "Adding these previously optional features streamlines the ordering process and answers the call of what our customers told us should be standard."