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2012 Chevy Cruze LS

2012 Chevrolet Cruze Review

(0 Stars)  A truly competitive small car with an impressive interior and an underwhelming transmission.

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Overview
The Cruze is a dramatic improvement over the Cobalt, which it replaced, but it isn't yet at the top of the highly competitive small-car class, which has recently seen all-new or heavily refreshed cars from Honda (Civic), Hyundai (Elantra), and Ford (Focus) added to its ranks. Where the Cruze really shines is inside. Its cabin is user-friendly, attractive, and finished in quality materials and comes in a close second to that of the class-leading Elantra. Under the hood, the Cruze offers a choice of two engines: a 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a turbocharged 1.4-liter four that produces 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The 1.4-liter is exclusive to the North American market, and although it's a bit sluggish around town, it moves the Cruze along effortlessly at highway speeds. In all but the Eco model, the 1.4-liter is paired with a six-speed automatic. The Eco and the LS additionally offer six-speed manuals. The Eco version sheds a few pounds with lighter-weight parts (wheels and rear suspension pieces) and options restrictions. It also benefits from low-rolling-resistance tires and aerodynamic aids. To compete with the fuel-economy ratings of its newer competitors, Chevy has managed to eke out another 2 mpg from its turbo engine when paired with the six-speed automatic, for a rating of 26/39 mpg. Although the Cruze has some shortcomings -- soft handling, light but somewhat artificial steering feel, an unrefined automatic transmission -- its excellent interior, quiet highway ride, and supple suspension make it a legitimate contender in the small-car segment.

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2012 Cruze LS Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.8L Ecotec in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 25 MPG city, 36 MPG highway and 29 MPG combined
Multi-point fuel injection
15.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 123 ft lb of torque @ 3,800 rpm

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'12 Chevy LS Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Knee Air Bag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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