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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant)
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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
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,918
$16,212
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,345
$16,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$256 / month
$280 / month
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 28 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize cars Midsize Car
Number of Passenger Doors 4 4
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Leg Room (in) 33.1 35.4
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in) NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 70.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.8 15.4
Brakes
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.8 15.6
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 2.7
Tires
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
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P215/60R16
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2661 3093
Wheels
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 -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
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
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
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
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
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.33 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 1.07
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Hyundai Elantra Chevrolet Cruze
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
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 -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - TBD - 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 29
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
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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
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