Compare 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Mazda MAZDA3
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,071 $23,570
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
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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
$14,771
$16,212
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,200
$16,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$253 / month
$280 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one. 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
33 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize Car
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 42.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.1 94.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 52.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 54.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.9 181.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.8 15.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 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)
10.9 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)
14.5 15.6
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 15.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 35.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
35.8 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QYW
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QYW
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2866 3093
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 120
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 125 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA LUW
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 36
Transmission
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.47
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.54
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.84 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA MZ0
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.07
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.82
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Chevrolet Cruze
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.98
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link 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
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.2 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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