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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 Automatic SEL
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual Base 24 33 $14,894 $15,515
4-Door Automatic Base 24 29 $15,950 $16,615
4-Door Manual S 24 33 $15,979 $16,645
4-Door Automatic S 24 29 $17,035 $17,745
4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Automatic SE 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
4-Door Manual SEL N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Manual SEL PZEV N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Automatic SEL N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $21,864 $22,775
4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $22,921 $23,875
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,247 $24,215
4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,303 $25,315
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $24,331 $25,345
4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $25,387 $26,445
4-Door Manual S w/Sunroof 24 33 $17,083 $17,795
4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,139 $18,895
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium PZEV 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,212
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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,800
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Monthly Payment Estimate
$280 / month
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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. The 2012 VW Jetta delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans; skip the cost-cutter base versions in favor of the TDI or the GLI for a distinctive choice in the compact class.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 36 mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Car -
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.9 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 -
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.6 -
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 -
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 -
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 -
Passenger Capacity 5 -
Second Hip Room (in) 52.4 -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - -
Length, Overall (in) 181.0 -
Height, Overall (in) 58.1 -
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.3 -
Wheelbase (in) 105.7 -
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 -
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA -
Brake Type Pwr -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - TBD - -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes -
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes -
Brake ABS System Four-Wheel -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.6 -
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.5 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.7 -
Steering Type Pwr -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - -
Tires
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 -
Spare Tire Size NA -
Front Tire Order Code QYW -
Spare Tire Order Code NA -
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 -
Rear Tire Order Code QYW -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3093 -
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA -
Rear Wheel Material Steel -
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - -
Front Wheel Material Steel -
Spare Wheel Material NA -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 438 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 -
Engine
Displacement 1.8L/110 -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 6300 -
Engine Type Gas I4 -
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 125 @ 3800 -
Engine Order Code LUW -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 -
Transmission
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47 -
Trans Type 6 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.87 -
Trans Description Cont. Again NA -
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.54 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.16 -
Trans Order Code MZ0 -
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 -
Trans Description Cont. Manual -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.82 -
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - -
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Cruze -
Body Style Sedan -
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.98 -
Suspension Type - Rear Compound Crank -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 29 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.5 -
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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