2012 Chevrolet
Cruze LT
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Sonic 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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Average-sized front seats
52.7 ft3
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Leather
Optional
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Cruise control
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT

8.2

Runner-up

Chevrolet Sonic LT

starting from

$15,695

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Sonic LT

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More airbags
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Comparable turning radius
34.5 ft
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Very inexpensive
$15,695
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cruze LT
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
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  • Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the Sonic LT is particularly good (including Rear Side)
  • Child door locks come standard
  • Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
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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
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.2

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic 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 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

Cost

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic LT
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MSRP $19,225 vs $15,695 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage Unknown vs Unknown
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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

Safety Features

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic 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 7 Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the Sonic LT is particularly good (including Rear Side)
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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

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic LT
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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 5 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 34.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic LT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs Unknown
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Cargo space 15.4 ft3 vs 14.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.7 ft3 vs 50.0 ft3 The Cruze LT has average-sized front seats, while the Sonic LT is very cramped
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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 Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic 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

Crash Test Ratings

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic LT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Chevrolet
Sonic LT
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0-60 mph 7.8 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.1 s @ 87 mph vs Unknown
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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
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
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ 2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T Sonic LTZ vs GTI 2.0T
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Sonic LT vs Cobalt SS
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ 2012 Ford Focus SEL Sonic LTZ vs Focus SEL
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Sonic LTZ vs Lancer GTS
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT 2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Sonic LT vs 200 Limited

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