2012 Chevrolet
Cruze LT
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Malibu LT

2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT

9.8

starting from

$24,115

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Malibu LT

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OK brakes
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Power seats
Standard
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OK braking distance from 60mph
130 ft
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT

9.6

starting from

$19,225

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Cruze LT

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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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More airbags
6
Luxury Features 9.3 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Winner: Malibu LT
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Malibu LT's power seats; not available on the Cruze LT
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Winner: Cruze LT
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  • The Cruze LT has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Safety Features - vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Cost - vs 10.0
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 9.6 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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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 Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Malibu LT's power seats; not available on the Cruze LT
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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

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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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 4 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the Malibu LT

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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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 5 The Cruze LT has a good number of airbags, but the Malibu LT is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Malibu LT has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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Horsepower 138 HP @ 4,900 RPM vs 169 HP @ 6,400 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Malibu LT's semi-automatic transmission and the Cruze LT's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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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 Unknown

Practicality

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 528 miles
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Cargo space 15.4 ft3 vs 15.1 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.7 ft3 vs 53.8 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
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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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
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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MSRP $19,225 vs $24,115 The Cruze LT has a great price and the Malibu LT is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage Unknown vs 22 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 Malibu LT Chevrolet
Malibu LT
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0-60 mph 7.8 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The Cruze LT's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Malibu LT is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 130 ft The Malibu LT's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cruze LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.1 s @ 87 mph vs 16.8 s @ 84 mph The Cruze LT's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Malibu LT's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.75 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 132 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Cruze LT vs Sonic LT
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 eco 2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Cruze eco vs Impala LS
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Malibu LT vs Impala LT
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Malibu LTZ vs Maxima SV
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS Malibu LS vs Equinox LS
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2011 Dodge Avenger Mainstreet Malibu LT vs Avenger Mainstreet
2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT 2012 Ford Focus SE Malibu LT vs Focus SE

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