Compare 2012 Kia Forte vs 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Kia Forte
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,900 $15,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,880 $16,200
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,380 $17,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,760 $17,600
5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,240 $18,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,330 $18,200
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,710 $18,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,190 $19,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,670 $19,600
5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,670 $19,600
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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
$14,900
$16,212
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,200
$16,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$253 / month
$280 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest. 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
25 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Midsize Car
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
43.3 42.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.8 94.6
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 181.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.3 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.7 15.4
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.7 15.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.9 35.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.2 15.5
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - QYW
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - QYW
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)
2729 3093
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 120
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200 138 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300 125 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA LUW
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 36
Transmission
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
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Chevrolet Cruze
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.98
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 29
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 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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