Oshawa, Ontario (Thursday, June 7, 2012) – Edmunds.com and Parents magazine say the Chevrolet Cruze Eco and Sonic are two of the Best Family Cars for 2012. Both the Cruze Eco and Sonic deliver fuel consumption of just 4.6 L/100km and 5.1 L/100km, respectively, on the highway and offer consumers the comfort, safety and advanced technology they expect at a value.
“With every new Chevrolet, we are able to deliver the technology and powertrain solutions that offer consumers the best fuel economy, performance and safety, making vehicles like the Sonic and Cruze Eco ideal choices for families,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Global Marketing.
“The Cruze Eco and Sonic are the best small Chevys ever built,” said Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com editor-in-chief. “They are fun to drive, attractive, well-built and extremely fuel efficient, making them excellent choices for anyone shopping for a compact of subcompact car.”
Said Dana Points Parents editor-in-chief: “At Parents, we know that buying a new car is a big family decision, so we want our guide to make the process easier. The Cruze Eco and the Sonic scored high safety marks, and parents using the vehicles were impressed with the responsiveness and the family friendly features.”
The Cruze – Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world – provides the amenities, quietness, safety features, infotainment and roominess expected of a larger, more expensive sedan, but with the efficiency of a compact car. The first car in its class with 10 standard air bags, the Cruze received an overall five-star safety rating from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest score possible. The Cruze is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, as well as the Eco model that achieves an NRCan-estimated 4.6 L/100km highway.
Cruze Eco achieves its hybrid-like highway fuel efficiency using a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine, six-speed manual transmission and features that improve its aerodynamics, minimize weight and reduce rolling resistance.
Sonic, which was launched just a few months ago, is proving to be a popular choice with it’s outstanding standard content such as Bluetooth and 15” wheels and sales are steadily rising within the small car segment. It delivers an NRCan-estimated 5.1 L/100km highway with class-leading acceleration when paired with the 1.4L Turbo and six-speed manual transmission. The Sonic is offered in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Each is designed to deliver outstanding rear-seat roominess and cargo space.