2012 Chevrolet
Cruze LS
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Cruze LT

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT

10.0

starting from

$19,225

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Cruze LT

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Cruise control
Standard
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Average 0-60 time
7.8 seconds
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Average 1/4 mile time
16.1 s @ 87 mph
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS

9.0

Runner-up

Chevrolet Cruze LS

starting from

$17,470

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Cruze LS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the over the
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Winner: Cruze LT
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cruze LT
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
  • Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash
  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
  • Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Cost - vs 10.0
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Chevrolet
Cruze LS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cruze LT

Crash Test Ratings

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Chevrolet
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Safety Features

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Chevrolet
Cruze LS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Drum vs Drum Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Performance

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Chevrolet
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Horsepower 138 HP @ 4,900 RPM vs 138 HP @ 6,300 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Cruze LT's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.5 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.7 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Cruze LT
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Chevrolet
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 562 miles
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Cargo space 15.4 ft3 vs 15.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.7 ft3 vs 52.7 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Cruze LT
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Cruze LS
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

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Cruze LT
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MSRP $19,225 vs $17,470 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage Unknown vs 26 mpg
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Chevrolet
Cruze LS
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0-60 mph 7.8 seconds vs 10.5 seconds The Cruze LT's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cruze LS is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 139 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 16.1 s @ 87 mph vs 18.0 s @ 80 mph The Cruze LT's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Cruze LS's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 132 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Cruze LT vs Malibu LT
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco 2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Cruze eco vs Impala LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 2011 Toyota Camry Cruze LTZ vs Camry
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2011 Honda Accord EX Cruze LT vs Accord EX
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Cruze LT vs Malibu LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco 2012 Ford Fusion SE Cruze eco vs Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco 2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Cruze eco vs Impala LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 2011 Toyota Camry Cruze LTZ vs Camry
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2011 Honda Accord EX Cruze LT vs Accord EX

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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will (0:51 PM, November 07, 2013)
CAn you switch the black and white radio for the color screen