2012 Chevrolet Cruze

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Chevrolet Cruze highlights

Customer rating


  • Fuel-efficient turbo engine
  • Solid handling
  • Spacious trunk


  • Mediocre seating comfort
  • Sluggish transmission response
  • Hard plastic surfaces

Mileage (EPA estimate)

25 city, 36 highway, 29 combined

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What is new for the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze?

  • Smart Key features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The ECO trim now comes with Cruise Control as standard equipment.
  • The LS trim now comes with Power Mirrors as standard equipment.
  • The LT trim now comes with Manual Transmission as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

1. Sturdy and practical

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze can take you to your destination with ease. This compact car is low to the ground, without the glitz of newer models. Instead, it sticks to the essentials, getting an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the standard 1.8L engine and manual transmission.

 These fuel economy figures mean fewer trips to the pump and more time on the open road.

2. Manual transmission 

Before you throw up your hands, consider the perks of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze's stick shift. The standard manual transmission gives you a connection to the car you just don't get with an automatic gearbox. This makes it particularly suited to winding roads and fun drives where you really want to feel how your car is performing.

3. Five trims to accommodate your needs

With five trims—LS, 1LT, Eco, 2LT, and LTZ—it's easy to find the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze that meets your needs. If you're looking for improved mpg figures, the 2012 Cruze Eco with the 1.4L turbocharged engine and manual transmission gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 40 mph highway.

 But if manual transmission isn't your thing, don't discount the Chevy Cruze—each trim is available with an automatic transmission. Keep an eye out for features like cruise control (1LT and higher), leather seats (2LT and higher), and a push-button start (LTZ).

4. Small frame and engine to fit tight spots 

Even at the base level, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze's standard 138-hp 1.8L four-cylinder engine provides the power you need to get from point A to point B. With standard front-wheel drive and room for five, the Cruze is a great daily driver. Available traction control and heated front seats are new for the 2012 model year, making chilly winter mornings easier than ever.

5. Upgraded tech inside and out

2012 marked the end of an era of car technology, with buttons few and far between in modern vehicles. If you're looking for a sophisticated, button-optimized dashboard, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze has what you want and need. Enjoy a tactile cabin alongside parking sensors and power locks, a Pioneer Bluetooth® speaker system, and more. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a great car for the price. Customers like the gas mileage, the size, and the features.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Cruze an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Chevrolet Cruze 33rd out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Chevrolet Cruze features and specs

ECO 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.3"/R 35.4"

Head room

F 39.3"/R 37.9"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity



Manual 6

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