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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan - Overview

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$16,800 – $23,190 MSRP

$16,212 – $22,146 Invoice

25 / 36 MPG City/Hwy

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Power Circle Ratings

Overall Quality 3.0

Overall Performance and Design 3.0

Predicted Reliability 3.0

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

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Overview

What's New for 2012:

  • Carryover for 2012

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan, and is offered in five different trim levels. All Cruze models share the same 4-door sedan body style. Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard. The Cruze Eco is a special model designed to maximize fuel economy.

Interior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze offers seating for up to 5 passengers. Base Cruzes feature cloth upholstery, air conditioning, full power accessories, and a 60/40 split rear seat. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with such features as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote vehicle start, and automatic climate control.

Optional Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze offers option packages that add many of the features found on upper trim levels to lower trims. Features include navigation, Pioneer premium audio system, sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, and an RS appearance package.

Under the Hood
Chevrolet Cruze models are fitted with two different engines. Base Cruzes feature a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 136 horsepower. The optional engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder rated at 138 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual, offered in all but the range-topping LTZ trim. A 6-speed automatic transmission is optional. All 2012 Chevrolet Cruze models are front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze are:
  • Chevrolet Cruze with 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission: 25/36 mpg (city/highway)
  • Chevrolet Cruze Eco with 1.4-liter engine and manual transmission: 28/42 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze include side curtain air bags and knee air bags. In government crash tests, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Cruze sedan received a "Good" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were also "Good."

Available Trims for the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
LS 6 speed manual $16,800 138-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 25/36
1LT 6 speed manual $18,555 138-hp / 1.4L 4-cyl 26/38
ECO 6 speed manual $19,325 138-hp / 1.4L 4-cyl 28/42
2LT 6 speed manual $20,685 138-hp / 1.4L 4-cyl 26/38
LTZ 6 speed automatic $23,190 138-hp / 1.4L 4-cyl 26/38

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