Compare 2012 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

2012 Chevrolet Cruze
2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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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 Manual Base
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 S w/Sunroof 24 33 $17,083 $17,795
4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,139 $18,895
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 TDI 30 42 $21,864 $22,775
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $22,921 $23,875
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,247 $24,215
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,212
$14,894
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,800
$15,515
Monthly Payment Estimate
$280 / month
$259 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
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
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
EPA Classification
Midsize Car Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.6 94.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.4 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 55.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 53.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 104.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
181.0 182.2
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 57.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 15.7
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - 9.1 x 1.3
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.6 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.5 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 36.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
QYW NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
QYW NA
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 2804
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 3800 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LUW NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 115 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 33
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.18
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 1.95
Trans Order Code
MZ0 NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 0.88
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.82 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.28
Trans Type
6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.67
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cruze Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
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 Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 6.5
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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