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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Overview (See Available Styles)

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is back for its second year with a few changes that improve an already highly regarded product. Replacing the now defunct Cobalt, the Cruze retains the same look that it had when it debuted in 2011 but adds in a few mechanical improvements that improve fuel economy for added efficiency.

Under the hood you’ll find two engine options: a 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that comes on the base LS trim, and a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that produces the same horsepower, but adds an extra 23 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The smaller, turbocharged engine also gets superior fuel economy to the base engine, 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. However if that’s not enough for you, then you might be inclined to spring the Cruze Eco. This trim adds a few thousand dollars to the cost of the Cruze, but bumps fuel economy all the way up to 28 mpg in the city and a very impressive 42 mpg on the highway.

On the outside, the Cruze does not look as edgy as some of its competitors, like the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, and Ford Focus, opting for more conventional styling. The Cruze is by no means boring however, with a split-Chevy grille up front, up to 18-inch wheels, and a sculpted hood. Exterior options include fog lights, a power sunroof, and a remote start system.

The 2012 Cruze keeps its upscale interior; it doesn’t look or feel like a cabin you would expect to find in a compact car. It also features 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which beats the Civic, Corolla, and Focus sedan by about 3 full cubic feet. Standard features include remote keyless entry, air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, auxiliary audio input jack, and power windows and locks. The Cruze can also be outfitted with a sunroof, power driver’s seat, USB/iPod input, heated front seats, touchscreen navigation system, and Bluetooth® connectivity.

When it comes to safety, the Cruze comes outfitted with GM’s OnStar system standard (six months free, then paid subscription). It was also named an IIHS Top Safety Pick and got a full five-star rating from the NHTSA. Other standard safety features include ten airbags, electronic stability control, and antilock brakes.

Excellent safety features, fuel economy, and interior quality all combine to make the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze a great value all around.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 25 - 28 MPG
  • Highway: 36 - 42 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Good

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

132 of 164 (80%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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