Compare 2012 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2012 Honda Civic vs 2012 Hyundai Elantra

2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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2012 Honda Civic
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2012 Hyundai Elantra
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4-Door Sedan ECO
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cruze 4-Door Sedan ECO 28 42 $18,552 $19,325
Cruze 4-Door Sedan LS 25 36 $16,212 $16,800
Cruze 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 26 38 $17,812 $18,555
Cruze 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 26 38 $19,857 $20,685
Cruze 4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 38 $22,146 $23,190
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2-Door Automatic DX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX 28 39 $15,401 $16,555
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX PZEV 28 39 $15,401 $16,555
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX PZEV 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX w/Navi 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX w/Navi PZEV 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L PZEV 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX 28 39 $17,299 $18,605
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX PZEV 28 39 $17,299 $18,605
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual DX 28 36 $14,660 $15,755
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual EX 28 36 $18,456 $19,855
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual LX 28 36 $16,558 $17,805
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si 22 31 $20,771 $22,355
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Navi 22 31 $22,159 $23,855
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Summer Tires 22 31 $20,956 $22,555
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Summer Tires & Navi 22 31 $22,345 $24,055
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT 44 44 $22,479 $24,200
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT PZEV 44 44 $22,479 $24,200
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather 44 44 $23,590 $25,400
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather PZEV 44 44 $23,590 $25,400
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi 44 44 $23,868 $25,700
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather 44 44 $24,979 $26,900
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather PZEV 44 44 $24,979 $26,900
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi PZEV 44 44 $23,868 $25,700
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic CNG 27 38 $24,943 $26,305
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic CNG w/Navi 27 38 $26,364 $27,805
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic DX 28 39 $15,586 $16,755
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic DX PZEV 28 39 $15,586 $16,755
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX PZEV 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX w/Navi 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX w/Navi PZEV 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L PZEV 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic HF 29 41 $18,225 $19,605
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic HF PZEV 29 41 $18,225 $19,605
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic LX 28 39 $17,484 $18,805
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic LX PZEV 28 39 $17,484 $18,805
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual DX 28 36 $14,846 $15,955
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual LX 28 36 $16,744 $18,005
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si 22 31 $20,956 $22,555
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si w/Navi 22 31 $22,345 $24,055
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si w/Summer Tires 22 31 $21,141 $22,755
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4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited PZEV 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $14,918 $15,345
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Automatic GLS 23 30 $16,685 $17,195
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Automatic SE 23 30 $19,443 $20,295
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Manual GLS 23 31 $15,539 $15,995
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Manual SE 23 31 $18,687 $19,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,552
$15,401
$17,010
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,325
$16,555
$17,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$322 / month
$276 / month
$293 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.0
8.2
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. The 2012 Honda Civic is a little more spacious, comfortable, and economical, but it's now one of the blandest of the bunch. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 28 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
42 mpg 39 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Car Compact Midsize cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 53.2 53.5
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 30.8 33.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.1 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.4 49.0 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 55.1 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.6 83.2 95.6
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 34.3 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 52.2 54.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 42.2 43.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 103.1 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 69.0 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 59.0 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
181.0 176.1 178.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 55.0 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 59.9 61.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 11.7 14.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - 7.9 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.6 13.2 12.8
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.67 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.5 16.1 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 35.5 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Electric Var Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P195/65HR15 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
5GN NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P195/65HR15 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
NA T135/80R16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
5GN NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3011 2716 2701
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.5 2.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD - 90
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection MPFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
148 @ 1850 128 @ 4300 131 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
LUJ NA NA
Displacement
1.4L/83 1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 4900 140 @ 6300 148 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
33 32 (Est) 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
42 39 (Est) 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 28 (Est) 28
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.83 4.44 3.06
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.96 0.72 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 NA 0.77
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.27 2.67 4.40
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.02 1.83
Trans Type
6 5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.53 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.82 1.96 3.44
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 1.53 2.72
Trans Order Code
MF3 NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cruze Honda Civic Cpe Hyundai Elantra
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 15.0 NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.43 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 18.0 NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.98 0.71 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Compound Crank Multi-link Torsion Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 6.5 (Est) - TBD -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 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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