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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 25 36 $16,212 $16,800
4-Door Sedan ECO 28 42 $18,552 $19,325
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 26 38 $17,812 $18,555
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 26 38 $19,857 $20,685
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 38 $22,146 $23,190
4-Door Sedan LS 1LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 35 $15,831 $16,665
4-Door Sedan LS 25 35 $14,561 $14,935
4-Door Sedan LT 26 35 $14,462 $15,065
5-Door HB LTZ 26 35 $16,496 $17,365
5-Door HB LS 26 35 $14,395 $14,765
5-Door HB LT 26 35 $15,230 $15,865
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,212
$13,518
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,800
$13,865
Monthly Payment Estimate
$280 / month
$231 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a practical, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and a strong value, but it does lack the nimble, tossable feel that some small-car fans appreciate. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 26 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 36 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors 4 4
EPA Classification Midsize Car Subcompact Car
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 51.4
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 52.4 51.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 53.4
Second Head Room (in) 37.9 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 53.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.6 90.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.3 59.4
Wheelbase (in) 105.7 99.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 68.3
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 59.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.9
Length, Overall (in) 181.0 173.1
Height, Overall (in) 58.1 59.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 14.9
Brakes
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.6 12.2
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Electric Pwr Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.5 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.7 34.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code QYW Q1H
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code QYW Q1H
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3093 2727
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 438 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 100
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 125 @ 3800 125 @ 3800
Engine Order Code LUW LUW
Displacement 1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 6300 138 @ 6300
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 26
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.54 3.31
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.16 2.14
Trans Order Code MZ0 M26
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 1.12
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.82 3.73
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47 1.41
Trans Type 6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.87 0.89
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Cruze Chevrolet Sonic
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.98 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Compound Crank Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.5 5.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 29 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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