2011 Honda
Accord EX
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Cruze LT

2011 Honda Accord EX

10.0

starting from

$25,075
"A well laid out pod-like centre stack."
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"It's an elegant ride."
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Reasons to buy the Honda Accord EX

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OK brakes
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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OK braking distance from 60mph
125 ft
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OK performance
17.4 lb/hp
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT

8.8

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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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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More airbags
6
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Leather
Optional
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Honda Accord EX Winner: Accord EX
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Accord EX's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Accord EX's power seats; not available on the Cruze LT
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Honda Accord EX Winner: Accord EX
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  • The Accord EX has 1.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs -
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • 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
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 10.0 vs 8.8

Luxury Features

Honda
Accord EX
2011 Honda Accord EX
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Accord EX's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Accord EX'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 Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cruze LT

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Accord EX
2011 Honda Accord EX
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Accord EX is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Cruze LT
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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 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the Accord EX

Cost

Honda
Accord EX
2011 Honda Accord EX
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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MSRP $25,075 vs $19,225 The Cruze LT has a great price and the Accord EX is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 23 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

Honda
Accord EX
2011 Honda Accord EX
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 5 vs 6 The Cruze LT has a good number of airbags, but the Accord EX is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Accord EX 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 None vs OnStar

Performance

Honda
Accord EX
2011 Honda Accord EX
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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Horsepower 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 138 HP @ 4,900 RPM The Accord EX is of average power, but the Cruze LT is 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 17.4 lb/hp vs 22.5 lb/hp The Accord EX 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 37.7 ft vs 35.7 ft The Cruze LT is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Accord EX is quite bad

Practicality

Honda
Accord EX
2011 Honda Accord EX
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 611 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 15.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.8 ft3 vs 52.7 ft3 The Accord EX has roomy front seats and the Cruze LT is OK
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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 4 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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Accord EX
2011 Honda Accord EX
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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Number of speakers 6 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

Road Tests

Honda
Accord EX
2011 Honda Accord EX
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Chevrolet
Cruze LT
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 7.8 seconds The Cruze LT's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Accord EX is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 139 ft The Accord EX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cruze LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 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 0.79 g vs 0.81 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs 132 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Accord EX-L vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 BMW 328i Accord EX-L vs 328i
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2011 Honda Accord EX 2012 Volvo S60 T6 Accord EX vs S60 T6
2011 Honda Accord LX 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Accord LX vs Elantra GLS
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 LT 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Cruze LT vs Sonic LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 2011 Toyota Camry Cruze LTZ vs Camry
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco 2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Cruze eco vs Impala LS

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