2012 Chevrolet
Cruze LT
vs. 2012 Ford
Focus SE

2012 Ford Focus SE

10.0

Winner

Ford Focus SE

starting from

$18,195

Reasons to buy the Ford Focus SE

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Great braking distance from 60mph
110 ft
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Good cornering ability
0.88 g
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OK performance
18.0 lb/hp
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Average cargo space
23.8 ft3
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT

9.4

Runner-up

Chevrolet Cruze LT

starting from

$19,225

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Cruze LT

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average top speed
132 mph
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Cruise control
Standard
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Average number of gears
6
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 Ford Focus SE Winner: Focus SE
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  • The Focus SE needs more than 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 110 ft vs 139 ft
  • The Focus SE can change direction around 10% faster, 0.88 g vs 0.81 g
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
Cost 10.0 vs -
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
  • Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 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
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Road Tests

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 7.8 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 110 ft vs 139 ft The Focus SE has extraordinary brakes, but the Cruze LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.3 s @ 86 mph vs 16.1 s @ 87 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.88 g vs 0.81 g The Focus SE has good cornering abilities, but the Cruze LT is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 115 mph vs 132 mph The Cruze LT's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Focus SE is just OK

Luxury Features

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Cost

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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MSRP $18,195 vs $19,225 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg 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

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes 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 None vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

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

Performance

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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Horsepower 160 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 138 HP @ 4,900 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 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 Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger 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 18.0 lb/hp vs 22.5 lb/hp The Focus SE has OK performance while the Cruze LT gives sluggish performance
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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 36.0 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 446 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 23.8 ft3 vs 15.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.6 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 2 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Ford
Focus SE
2012 Ford Focus SE
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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Number of speakers 4 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes 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 Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Cruze LT vs Sonic LT
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2011 Honda Accord EX Cruze LT vs Accord EX
2012 Ford Focus S 2012 Ford Fusion S Focus S vs Fusion S
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2012 Ford Focus SEL 2011 Nissan Versa SL Focus SEL vs Versa SL
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2012 Ford Focus SE 2011 Toyota Prius Three Focus SE vs Prius Three

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