Preparing for the start of the new school year can be a challenging time, especially when it also involves shopping for a new vehicle. As the experts at Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com note, meeting the needs of parents and pupils alike requires a ride that is safe, affordable, reliable and fuel-efficient, but also good-looking, versatile and fun-to-drive—just like the Chevrolet Cruze, which was recently named to KBB.com’s “Top 10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2011.”
KBB.com editors called the Cruze an impressive car that is “nice enough inside that they might think you’re borrowing your more sophisticated older brother’s car. In addition to a well-appointed and quiet cabin, the Cruze can comfortably seat five and has a large trunk for books and gear. It also features OnStar telematics with emergency crash response—something mom and dad will love knowing you’ll have just in case.”
Something else the Chevy Cruze offers: The highest EPA rating of any mainstream gas-only vehicle sold in America. The Cruze Eco, when configured with a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, can reach 42 mpg on the highway, notably exceeding the highway performances of a wide range of hybrids. And in addition, the Cruze Eco also delivers excellent city and combined fuel-economy ratings of 28 mpg and 33 mpg, respectively. Drivers who prefer an automatic transmission aren’t left out in the cold, either. In fact, Chevy has boosted the fuel-efficiency marks of the Cruze Eco with its advanced six-speed automatic all the way up to 26 mpg city/39 mpg highway/31 mpg combined.
How’s that for an automaker earning extra credit?
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