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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 Manual i SV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,071 $23,570
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,212
$14,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,800
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$280 / month
$253 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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. With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Car Compact
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 52.4 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 54.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.9 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 42.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.6 94.1
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 53.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in) 181.0 180.9
Height, Overall (in) 58.1 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.3 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 105.7 103.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 69.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 11.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 10.9 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 10.4 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 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.5 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.7 34.2
Steering Type Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 2.94
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code QYW NA
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size NA T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code QYW NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/55HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3093 2866
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 438 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 125 @ 3800 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code LUW NA
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 6300 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 25
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.82 3.30
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47 1.31
Trans Type 6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.87 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.54 3.16
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.16 3.84
Trans Order Code MZ0 NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Summary
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Cruze Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.98 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Compound Crank Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.5 5.2
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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