As gas prices exceed $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, the Chevrolet Cruze Eco is a compact car that’s ready to help drivers save money at the pump. Although it’s equipped with a fuel-efficient powertrain, the Cruze Eco also boasts one innovative feature that helps conserve fuel — its tires.
Chevrolet Lubbock, TX said General Motors worked closely with tire manufactures to produce an industry benchmark tire that boosts fuel efficiency by three miles per gallon on the Chevy Cruze Eco, the most fuel-efficient model in the Cruze lineup. That may not sound like much, but that translates into about 38 extra miles on a tank of fuel and a savings of about $112 per year for the average driver.
“This tire is way beyond anything in its category,” said GM engineer Chuck Lantz. The Cruze Eco tires make use of special polymers built into the tread compound to reduce rolling resistance, which means less energy is required to keep the tire moving.
So the question is, what makes this tire so unique? According to Lantz, the Cruze Eco’s tires are made of an advanced high-tech polymer that reduces rolling resistance without sacrificing traction.
“Thanks to the high-tech polymers we used, we were able to create a high-MPG set of tires without making tradeoffs in other important areas like tire-braking traction and all-weather handling,” said Lantz. “As far as the ride goes, these tires are as smooth as any tire on the road today.”
The fuel-sipping Chevy Cruze Eco achieves 42 miles per gallon on the highway. With a starting suggested price of $19,175, Cruze Eco offers hybrid-like fuel economy without the premium price tag.