Chevy Cruze Eco Review and $25 Gas Card Giveaway (3 winners)!

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During the holidays, I had a chance to test drive a really neat little car for a whole week!  To be quite honest, I hadn’t even heard of a Chevy Cruze before, but I was anxious to see and drive it.

2012 chevy cruze

When I first saw the Chevy Cruze, I thought it was really stylish. I loved it’s compact size and it’s good looks, but I was also thrilled to learn how economical it was. In this day and age, a car that gets a bazillion miles per gallen (okay, slight exaggeration, but that’s what it felt like!), saving money on gas is very important. It gets 42 MPG on the highway.

Eco holds the rest of the Cruze family to a high standard, and all the models live up to it. Standard 6-speed transmissions, like the manual in Cruze LS, help offer 36 MPG highway5. Then there’s the 6-speed automatic transmission available on LT and standard on LTZ, with the 1.4L turbocharged engine—a performance increase that helps Cruze offer 38 MPG highway5.

But back to this wonderful little car.  The outside of the Chevy Cruze Eco is so sporty – which is definitely my style.  I love the headlights, the  grill, wheels, and sleek angles.  What is neat though is that there is a reason for the curves, lines and angles on the outside of the car.  They improve the aerodynamics, which will save you gas!

The seats were very comfortable, and it definitely felt like a “cruising” car. I was first smitten with the sporty console. Everything was right in reach, and I had everything I needed right in front of me. I am a high-tech girl, so I need plugs for my iPhone, iPod, etc., and I love music. The Chevy Cruze that I tested had turn-by-turn navigation system, OnStar, Blue Tooth, and Sirius Radio. To say that I was a happy girl would be an understatement.

One feature I really, really loved was that it tells you how many miles you have left before you run out of gas. Instead of that little orange gas light that comes on when you are low on gas, this allows you to know exactly how long you have to go.

The console was so easy to read, and really attractive.

The Chevy Cruze has some impressive safety features too, including StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control. StabiliTrak helps you stay the course in slippery conditions, by detecting the difference between the path being steered and the direction the vehicle is actually traveling. It then uses the brakes and, if necessary, adjusts engine torque to help keep your Cruze on track. It has 10 standard airbags – including frontal side impact and knee bags for the the driver and front passenger. It also has a high-strength steel safety cage and roof crush resistance.

The Chevy Cruze Eco that I drove had a 6-speed automatic transmission.  I thought it was pretty powerful for such a small car – I zipped all over the place and had quite a bit of fun doing it.  There was something about the feel of the car that was really different than other cars I have driven.  I can’t  put my finger on it but I just kind of meshed with it, and it felt completely comfortable.

The backseat was surprisingly roomy. Of course, we are all pretty short in our family, but I do think that even taller folks would be comfortable. It has 60/40 folding rear seats, for added space, if desired.

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I was really surprised how quiet the cabin’s interior was.

The Chevy Cruze is a great car for running around town quickly, and it is definitely easy on the pocketbook too, when traveling or just running errands. If I was still working outside the home, this would be a perfect car for commuting. It would also be an excellent car for your children, as their first car. The price is right too, at around only $14,000.00!

In celebration of the Chevy Cruze, I have a fun giveaway for three of my readers!

THE GIVEAWAY has ended!

Three (3) winners received a $25 Gas Gift Card!

No purchase necessary. Open to residents of US.  ONE ENTRANT PER HOUSEHOLD/IP Address! Giveaway ends February 1st at 9:00 p.m. (PST).  I check all entries – cheating will not be tolerated.  Winner will be notified via email and needs to reply within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. Please make sure you check your spam folder – I will not be responsible if you did not receive winning email notification. Winners name(s) will also be posted on Winners List immediately after drawing has occurred. Winners will be chosen using the “And the Winner is” plugin.  Screenshots of winners available by request.  **By entering this giveaway, you confirm that you have read and agree to my giveaway rules. Sponsor reserves the right to limit one prize per person/household (of this item/prize pack). Please allow 6-8 weeks for deliver of prize {though it is usually much sooner}. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability.

Please see Eighty MPH Mom giveaway rules for further information.

*I was provided the above car to test drive for a week. No compensation was received.

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Jennifer Regan is the owner/editor-in-chief of Eighty MPH Mom, a family-friendly blog. She is active in Brand Ambassadorships and campaigns, and is active in social media, helping brands promote!

1,365 Comments

  1. i like the stabilitrack feature…. we live where it’s icy ALL winter long!! And i would take a gas card to anywhere really. Have access to many – marathon, shell, murphy usa, circle k

  2. i’m impressed it’s a 6 speed, everybody is going to 4s now, so its nice to see a 6 still out there!

    Couldn’t find gas list (no link on HERE), but have Shell and texaco in town

  3. I really like the 42 MPG on the highway as the first thing. I also love the style. I would prefer a Miejers Gas card or a Speedway would work too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I love the look of the car…and what a great price! One of my favorite features is the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control. (Link didnt work for gas card).
    Thanks!
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  7. I liked the Stabili Track Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control feature. Sounds like a great safety feature on curvy, wet roads. I like that the car thinks for me–sometimes I need all the help I can get. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. I enjoyed the article about dating someone and their last name. I’m just glad my name isn’t June. We joked that if we had twins we could name them Litter and Jitter. I do have a cat named Itty Bitty though. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. My dad has a Cruze, I love how much trunk space it has. I would like a gas card to shell, speedway, we also have bp, kroger and meijer gas stations.

  12. The turn-by-turn navigation system sounds awesome. Couldn’t get another car without it with all of the driving I do. For gas stations near me, we have Sunoco, Exxon, Shell, Mobil, and BP. Thanks!!

  13. ShellieAndBrutus on

    I love the mileage and the sporty design. The Pioneer stereo system and satellite radio are great extras!
    Could’t find your gas list but BP or Citgo would be great. Thanks!

  14. I like the onboard navigational unit. I have a BP, Marathon, and Murphy USA in our area.
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  15. I love the feature that shows how many miles you can drive before you run out of gas. I would love the Circle K card.

  16. The 6-speed automatic transmission is my favorite feature. Shell would be my choice of gas card.

  17. So many things to like. One is the 1.4L turbocharged engine… you can get out of your own way.

    I would choose the Chevron card.

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  18. I like the feature that tells you how many miles you have left before you run out of gas.
    I’d like a Shell card.

  19. I like the turn-by-turn navigation system … how cool to have a “built-in” one with the car. I love my gps system but it does get a little annoying to always have to plug it in and then mount it on the window. This one would be so much better!

    I’d choose a BP card. Thanks for this opportunity!
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  20. Wow that is a nice car, my favorite feature would be the gas tank feature, I like knowing how much gas I have left that is very useful, I also love the 10 airbags safety is important and knowing you are protected on all sides is awesome
    I would choose the BP card since that is our usual gas station

    Thanks for the great giveaway
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  21. My favorite feature is the 60/40 folding rear seats. How many times do you haul something home from the home improvement store that fits completely in your trunk? I’d love an Exxon Mobil gas card.
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  24. I love the StabiliTrak on the Cruz. I want all the extra help when traveling on the roads these days. It’s amazing to know that the car will know when things are going wrong & can help stabilize it.
    And I’d choose the Shell gas card.
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  27. I like that it gets 42 MPG on the highway and it’s affordable too. I’d pick the Phillips 66 gas card

  28. I like that it tells you how many miles until you run out of gas. That is very useful for me because I am always worried about running out of gas!

    And I would pick the ExxonMobil card!

  29. i like that is it only $14,000 THATS A great deal for a new car! and its really a sweet looking car too…
    the gas gift card i would pick would be the walmart gas card..

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  30. The Shell gift card would be my choice because we have a Shell station in our neighborhood.

    The automatic transmission is my favorite feature.

  31. Besides the great milage I like the safety features like the Electronic Stability Control System

  32. I like the StabiliTrak because I am always worried about sliding around in rainy weather.
    I’d like an Arco card.

  33. Price and gas mileage of cruz is a big PLUS but i like all the new gadgets and sleekness of whole car it is very classy looking to me. I would like the cirlcle K gas card if i win thank you

  34. I like the 10 airbag system and the turn by turn navigation.I would choose a`chevron gas card
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  35. I love this feature : that it tells you how many miles you have left before you run out of gas,this is awesome
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  36. I like that it “It has 10 standard airbags – including frontal side impact and knee bags for the the driver and front passenger. It also has a high-strength steel safety cage and roof crush resistance.”

    If I win I would like the Sunoco card.

  37. The how many miles to go feature sounds neat, and just might be my favorite.

    I’d go w/Sunoco because of it’s partnership w/Price Chopper.

  38. This isn’t necessarily a feature, but I’m proud of the Cruze because it’s made in my hometown! I would choose a BP gas card

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  39. I like the safety feature StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control. I would choose the Shell card.

  40. My favorite thing is a sporty looking car that gets really good mileage. I would prefer the Shell gas card–thanks!

  41. I like the Traction Control. I live in the mountains with snowy winters. That would be an important feature for me.

    I would choose the Chevron Gift Card

  42. I like that it is a 6 speed and that it gets 42 MPG on the highway.
    I would choose the Speedway card. Thanks!

  43. My favorite feature is you can see how many miles you have left to drive before you run out of gas. I have come close to running out of gas before and it always makes me worry.
    I would choose the Walmart gas card.

  44. I really like the safety features: the 10 standard airbags and the high-strength steel safety cage and roof crush resistance.

  45. I like the Chevy Cruze’s safety features like it’s OnStar Automatic Crash Response feature.

    If I won, I would like a Shell gas card

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  46. Rosanne Morrison on

    My favorite feature is the turn by turn navigation system. I would want the Exxon Mobil gas card

  47. I like the fact that it tells you how much gas you have left in your gas tank!
    I would choose Shell thank u!
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  48. There’s a lot that I like. Its great that it tells you how many miles before you run out of gas esp if you are like me and end up praying that you will make it to a station in time.

  49. colette kolbmann on

    I love how much room the car has. Since we a family of 4 its nice to for everyone to have some leg room.

  50. I like that the rear seats fold down… I wish mine did that. The most convenient gas card for my location would be the BP card.
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  51. Fav features tie between great mileage and good price! I’d love a Chevron gas card, thanks!

  52. The turn-by-turn navigation system and Onstar would be my favorite features. If I win, I would like the Shell card.

  53. I like the built in GPS/navigation system…I could really use that!

    If i win i’d like a Shell gas card!

  54. Beverly Payton on

    Other than the fact this it is Chevy…I love that it is 6 speel! Fantastic! If I win I would like the Conoco Gift Card..

  55. I like the high gas mileage – good for the wallet and the environment.
    I would like the BP or CircleK gas card.

  56. The best thing about the car is the safety factor–10 standard airbags and a reinforced cage. I would like the Walmart gas card.

  57. My favorite feature is the Traction Control. StabiliTrak and I would like the Shell gas card if I win

  58. I would like the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control.

    I’d like a BP card.
    Thank-you

  59. Lawrence Paoletta on

    I think that Stabiltrak is a great safety feature .It keeps you in control in bad weather.
    I would choose a Shell gas card .

  60. My favorite feature is the 38 MPG highway gas mileage.
    I’d like to win the Chevron gas card

  61. I love that it tells you just how many miles you have until you’re empty. I’ve only experienced my light come on once and I was petrified LOL. Never do I want to go through that again.

    I would love to win the BP gas card!

  62. I am really surprised that it is a 6 speed so many cars coming out on the market with 4′ s.. Glad to see them still around. I would like a Sunoco Gas Card.

  63. I like the the Chevy Cruze’s high-strength steel safety cage and roof crush resistance.
    Chevron gift card would be nice!

  64. My favorite feature is definitely the tabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control! I wish my car had that :( I would choose the Circle K gas card!

  65. Who can beat the mileage? Its great. That is my favorite feature.

    Hook me up with a SUNOCO gas card and I’m ready to go.

  66. I like that it tells you how many miles you have left before you run out of gas. That will come in handy when you are between exits on large highways.

    Shell Gift Card

  67. Patricia Wojnar Crowley on

    My favorite feature would be the fuel efficiency!!! I would choose the Sunoco card!

  68. Jennifer Ryder on

    I’m impressed with the mpg the Cruze gets. I like the feature that tells you how many more miles you can drive before you run out of gas. I would love to win a Shell gas card.
    jryder416 at yahoo dot com

  69. i like the Stability Control System with Traction Control and I would love the shell gas card

  70. My favorite feature is the one where the car tells you how many miles you have left before you run out of gas! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been driving somewhere, not paying a whole lot of attention to the gas gauge until the bell went off & panicked!!! It certainly takes the fun out of drving anywhere when I’ve had to guess how far I could go until I had to find a gas station before I ran out of gas!!

    I would choose the BP card if I won.

  71. Charlotte Varner on

    I LOVE that it tells you how many miles you have left until you run out of gas! We’ve ran out of gas so many times, because of the light not working! I also love the roof crush resistance, extra air bags, & StabiliTrak! This car sounds & looks F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S, including the price! I would choose the Speedway gas card!

  72. I love the StabiliTrak feature. I’d love a Speedway gas card.
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  74. I am notorious for waiting until the last minute to get gas so I love the feature that tells you how many miles you have left in gas! Thanks for the chance to win a Shell gas card!