Compare 2012 Toyota Corolla vs 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Toyota Corolla
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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4-Door Sedan Manual L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual L 27 34 $15,243 $16,130
4-Door Sedan Automatic L 26 34 $16,027 $16,960
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 26 34 $16,570 $17,910
4-Door Sedan Manual S 27 34 $16,674 $17,990
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 26 34 $17,439 $18,820
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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
$15,243
$16,212
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,130
$16,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$269 / month
$280 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
For those who want frugal, trouble-free transportation but have no want of excitement, the 2012 Toyota Corolla fits the bill. 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
27 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize Car
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
43.9 52.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.1 94.6
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
102.4 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.4 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.0 181.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 58.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.3 15.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x - TBD - - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 15.6
Steering
Steering Type
Electric-Assist Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.4 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.4 15.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QYW
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA QYW
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2734 3093
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.8 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4400 125 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA LUW
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
132 @ 6000 138 @ 6300
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 25
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA MZ0
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.88 1.07
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.82
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.47
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.54
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Toyota Corolla Chevrolet Cruze
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 0.98
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 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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