2012 Chevrolet Cruze Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$16,800-$23,190
$16,212-$22,146
25 /CITY / 38 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:

  • Carryover for 2012

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan, and is offered in five different trim levels. All Cruze models share the same 4-door sedan body style. Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard. The Cruze Eco is a special model designed to maximize fuel economy.

Interior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze offers seating for up to 5 passengers. Base Cruzes feature cloth upholstery, air conditioning, full power accessories, and a 60/40 split rear seat. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with such features as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote vehicle start, and automatic climate control.

Optional Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze offers option packages that add many of the features found on upper trim levels to lower trims. Features include navigation, Pioneer premium audio system, sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, and an RS appearance package.

Under the Hood
Chevrolet Cruze models are fitted with two different engines. Base Cruzes feature a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 136 horsepower. The optional engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder rated at 138 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual, offered in all but the range-topping LTZ trim. A 6-speed automatic transmission is optional. All 2012 Chevrolet Cruze models are front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze are:
  • Chevrolet Cruze with 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission: 25/36 mpg (city/highway)
  • Chevrolet Cruze Eco with 1.4-liter engine and manual transmission: 28/42 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze include side curtain air bags and knee air bags. In government crash tests, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Cruze sedan received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were also \"Good.\"

What's New for 2012:

  • Carryover for 2012

Exterior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan, and is offered in five different trim levels. All Cruze models share the same 4-door sedan body style. Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard. The Cruze Eco is a special model designed to maximize fuel economy.

Interior Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze offers seating for up to 5 passengers. Base Cruzes feature cloth upholstery, air conditioning, full power accessories, and a 60/40 split rear seat. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with such features as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote vehicle start, and automatic climate control.

Optional Features
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze offers option packages that add many of the features found on upper trim levels to lower trims. Features include navigation, Pioneer premium audio system, sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, and an RS appearance package.

Under the Hood
Chevrolet Cruze models are fitted with two different engines. Base Cruzes feature a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 136 horsepower. The optional engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder rated at 138 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual, offered in all but the range-topping LTZ trim. A 6-speed automatic transmission is optional. All 2012 Chevrolet Cruze models are front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze are:
  • Chevrolet Cruze with 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission: 25/36 mpg (city/highway)
  • Chevrolet Cruze Eco with 1.4-liter engine and manual transmission: 28/42 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze include side curtain air bags and knee air bags. In government crash tests, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Cruze sedan received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were also \"Good.\"

Available Trims for the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16800.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 22/35
Name ECO (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 19325.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 26/39
Name LT w/1LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 18555.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 26/38
Name LT w/2LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 20685.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 26/38
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23190.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 26/38
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket with reclining seatbacks and adjustable head restraints
  • LS Interior Appearance includes Premium cloth seating, Silver-painted center stack and instrument panel cluster accent rings, and open instrument panel storage bin
  • Seat trim, Premium cloth
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way manual
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way manual
  • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding with adjustable head restraints on outboard positions
  • Armrest, rear center, articulating, with dual cup holders
  • Console, center with sliding armrest, storage, front and rear 12-volt auxiliary power outlets and dual cup holders
  • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary, located in center console
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Steering wheel, 3-spoke, comfort grip
  • Driver Information Center with trip odometer, fuel range, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy, average vehicle speed, tire pressure and oil life remaining
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Center stack, integrated with ambient LED back lighting
  • Windows, power with Express-Down on all
  • Door locks, power
  • Key, primary foldable, additional foldable
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Theft-deterrent system with anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer
  • Air conditioning, single-zone electronic includes air filter
  • Rear air ducts, floor mounted
  • Defogger, rear-window, electric
  • Cup holders 2 in front center console, 2 in rear seat armrest and 1 bottle holder in each front door panel
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors
  • Assist handles, driver, front passenger and rear outboard
  • Lighting, interior dome with theater dimming, dual map lights, illuminated trunk area
  • Convenience hooks, rear
  • 1LT/1XF Interior Appearance includes LS Interior Appearance content plus auxiliary glovebox in center dash, leather-wrapped steering wheel with Polar Silver accent and leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke with polar silver accent
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Windows, power with Express-Down on all and driver Express Up
  • Cruise control
  • Glovebox, auxiliary, center dash (Deleted when (UQA) Pioneer premium audio system is ordered.)
  • Cup holders 2 in front center console, 2 in rear seat armrest and 1 bottle holder in each front door panel (Rear seat armrest included only when (MH8) 6-speed automatic transmission is ordered.)
  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
  • Glovebox, auxiliary, center dash (Deleted when (PDU) All-Star Edition is ordered.)
  • 2LT Interior Appearance includes 1LT Interior Appearance content plus Meridian Leather-appointed seats
  • Seat trim, Meridian leather-appointed seats, front and rear
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger with 3 warmth settings
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power with manual recliner
  • Keyless start, switch
  • LTZ Interior Appearance includes 2LT Interior Appearance content plus uplevel jeweled instrument panel cluster and chrome trim rings and optic check accent trim on center stack and console
  • Keyless Access
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Air conditioning, single-zone automatic climate control includes air filter
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) steel with silver-painted wheel covers
  • Tires, P215/60R16, all-season, blackwall, low rolling resistance
  • Wheel covers, bolt-on, silver-painted
  • LS Exterior Appearance includes Black outside mirrors, Silver-painted wheel covers, body-color door handles, chrome belt molding, chrome deck lid applique and Black grille with chrome surround
  • Tire, compact spare and spare wheel, includes jack and lug nut wrench
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control and delay feature
  • Lamp, LED center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
  • Mirrors, outside, power-adjustable, manual-folding (Mirror caps are Black.)
  • Glass, solar absorbing, tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) forged light-weight polished alloy
  • Tires, P215/55R17 all-season, blackwall, Ultra low rolling resistance
  • ECO Exterior Appearance includes LS Exterior Appearance content plus body-color outside mirrors, 17" (43.2 cm) forged light-weight polished alloy wheels, unique front fascia air dam and spoiler
  • Aero Performance Package includes lower front grille air shutter, raised front license plate bracket for required states, mid-body aero panels and dealer-installed front fascia air dam (part placed in trunk at plant)
  • Spoiler, rear
  • Mirrors, outside, power-adjustable, manual-folding (Mirror caps are body-color.)
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) 5-spoke machined-face alloy
  • LT Exterior Appearance includes LS Exterior Appearance content plus body-color outside mirrors and machined-face alloy wheels
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) 5-spoke flangeless alloy
  • Tires, P225/50R17, all-season, blackwall
  • LT Exterior Appearance includes LS Exterior Appearance content plus body-color outside mirrors and machined-face alloy wheels (Wheels upgrade to 17" (43.2 cm) wheels.)
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) double 5-spoke flangeless silver-painted alloy
  • Tires, P225/45R18 all-season, blackwall
  • LTZ Exterior Appearance includes LT Exterior Appearance content plus 18" (45.7 cm) machined-face alloy wheels and chrome door handles
  • Fog lamps, front
  • Mirrors, outside heated, power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, ECOTEC 1.8L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder sequential MFI (138 hp [102.9 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 125 lb-ft of torque [168.8 N-m] @ 3800 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed manual with overdrive
  • Axle, 3.94 final drive ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, 438 cold-cranking amps
  • Alternator, 120 amps
  • Suspension, front independent McPherson strut, aluminum control arms with hydraulic bushings, 25mm hollow stabilizer bar
  • Suspension, rear, compound crank with Z-link for enhanced rear stability
  • Steering, power, electric, rack-mounted
  • Brakes, front disc/rear drum
  • Engine, ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder sequential MFI, Turbo with water cooled bearings (138 hp [102.9 kW] @ 4900 rpm, 148 lb-ft of torque [199.8 N-m] @ 1850 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed manual with triple overdrive ECO gear set
  • Axle, 3.83 final drive ratio
  • Suspension, rear, compound crank
  • Suspension, Sport Tuned
  • Brakes, 4-wheel disc
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive
  • Axle, 3.53 final drive ratio
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock
    • Traction control
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, frontal driver and frontal front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Head Curtain Side Air Bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. A note about child safety: Always use safety belts and the correct child restraint for your child's age and size. Even with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See your vehicle Owner's Hand
    • Air bags, knee, driver and front passenger (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraint for your child's age and size, even with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner's Manual for more safety information.)
    • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    • Automatic Crash Response (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
    • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, front height adjustable
    • Safety belt pretensioners, driver and front passenger, dual
    • Door locks, rear child security, power
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
    • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
    • Automatic Crash Response
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
    • Rear Parking Assist
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback capability, graphical display
    • Enhanced Acoustic Package
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack, located in center console
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the 'XM Select' package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after the trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your subscription, service will automatically renew and bill, at the rates in effect at the time of renewal, until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Available only to those at least 18 and older in the 48 contiguous USA and D.C.)
    • Audio interface, USB port, located in center console
    • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)

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