Compare 2012 Hyundai Elantra vs 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Hyundai Elantra
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,918
$16,212
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,345
$16,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$256 / month
$280 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize cars Midsize Car
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.1 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 52.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.6 94.6
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
43.6 42.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.5 53.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.5 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 181.0
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 105.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 15.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.8 15.6
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.2 15.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QYW
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QYW
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2661 3093
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 120
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
131 @ 4700 125 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA LUW
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 138 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 25
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.33 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.07
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.63 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.82
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25 1.47
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.54
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA MZ0
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Chevrolet Cruze
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 0.98
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Axle Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- TBD - 6.5
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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