Compare 2012 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2012 Chevrolet Cruze
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 25 36 $16,212 $16,800
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 26 38 $17,812 $18,555
4-Door Sedan ECO 28 42 $18,552 $19,325
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 26 38 $19,857 $20,685
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 38 $22,146 $23,190
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB LS 26 35 $14,395 $14,765
4-Door Sedan LS 25 35 $14,561 $14,935
4-Door Sedan LT 26 35 $14,462 $15,065
5-Door HB LT 26 35 $15,230 $15,865
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 35 $15,831 $16,665
5-Door HB LTZ 26 35 $16,496 $17,365
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,212
$13,518
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,800
$13,865
Monthly Payment Estimate
$280 / month
$231 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
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
City
25 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Car Subcompact Car
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 51.4
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.7
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 14.9
Brakes
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
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.6 12.2
Steering
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
Steering Type
Pwr Electric Pwr Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
QYW Q1H
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QYW Q1H
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65R15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3093 2727
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Front 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
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
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 29
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cruze Chevrolet Sonic
Suspension
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
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
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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