Compare 2012 Kia Forte vs 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Kia Forte
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,760 $17,600
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,880 $16,200
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,190 $19,100
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,900 $15,200
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,240 $18,100
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,670 $19,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,330 $18,200
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,670 $19,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,380 $17,200
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,710 $18,600
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,760
$18,552
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,600
$19,325
Monthly Payment Estimate
$293 / month
$322 / 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
26 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 42 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Midsize Car
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.9
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 181.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.7 15.4
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.7 12.6
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.9 35.7
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - 5GN
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - 5GN
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2791 3011
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.3 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 438
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300 148 @ 1850
Engine Order Code
NA LUJ
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.4L/83
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200 138 @ 4900
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 42
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.82
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.63 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA MF3
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.83
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.38 0.96
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 4.27
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.30
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.74
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Chevrolet Cruze
Suspension
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 -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.98
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Compound Crank
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 5.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -
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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