Compare 2012 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2012 Hyundai Elantra

2012 Chevrolet Cruze
2012 Hyundai Elantra
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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 Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $14,918 $15,345
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV Limited PZEV 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,212
$14,918
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,800
$15,345
Monthly Payment Estimate
$280 / month
$256 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
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 Hyundai Elantra has officially left the Civic and Corolla in the dust, thanks to a 38-mpg gas mileage rating, a sleek look, and tremendous value for the money.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Car Midsize cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 33.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 40.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.4 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 54.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 43.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.6 95.6
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
181.0 178.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 106.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 14.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.6 12.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.5 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
QYW NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
QYW NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3093 2661
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 2.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 90
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 3800 131 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
LUW NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 28
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.63
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.82 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.25
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.58
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 1.96
Trans Order Code
MZ0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 4.33
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 0.97
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cruze Hyundai Elantra
Suspension
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 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Compound Crank Torsion Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 - TBD -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
29 -
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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