Compare 2012 Volkswagen GLI vs 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Volkswagen GLI
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 22 33 $22,795 $23,745
4-Door Sedan Manual PZEV 22 33 $22,795 $23,745
4-Door Sedan DSG 24 32 $23,851 $24,845
4-Door Sedan DSG PZEV 24 32 $23,851 $24,845
4-Door Sedan Manual Automaticbahn 22 33 $24,763 $25,795
4-Door Sedan Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 22 33 $24,763 $25,795
4-Door Sedan Manual Automaticbahn w/Nav 22 33 $25,627 $26,695
4-Door Sedan Manual Automaticbahn w/Nav PZEV 22 33 $25,627 $26,695
4-Door Sedan DSG Automaticbahn 24 32 $25,819 $26,895
4-Door Sedan DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 32 $25,819 $26,895
4-Door Sedan DSG Automaticbahn w/Nav 24 32 $26,683 $27,795
4-Door Sedan DSG Automaticbahn w/Nav PZEV 24 32 $26,683 $27,795
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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
$22,795
$16,212
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,745
$16,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$396 / month
$280 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
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.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize Car
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 54.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 42.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.1 94.6
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.1 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.2 181.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
104.4 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.0 70.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.5 15.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 1.0 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
- TBD - Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x 0.4 NA
Brake Type
- TBD - Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 15.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 15.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 35.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.7
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - QYW
Front Tire Size
225/45R17H P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - QYW
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
225/45R17H P215/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3124 3093
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 438
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 120
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1700-5000 125 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA LUW
Displacement
2.0L/121 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 138 @ 6300
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 29
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.82
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.32 1.47
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.55 3.54
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA MZ0
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68-2.92 3.94
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 1.07
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen GLI Chevrolet Cruze
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 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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