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2012 Chevrolet Cruze
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
Available Price Range $6,305-$13,277 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 30-34 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

Our Take

The Chevrolet Cruze replaced the Cobalt compact car when it debuted for the 2011 model year. It boasts a larger interior than both its predecessor and most competitors in its price class. The Cruze marks the first compact car to reflect the higher-quality approach GM has taken with many other mo... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • No coupe or hatchback
  • Drum rear brakes
  • Eco model not cheap

Notable Features

  • Improved gas mileage for 2012
  • 1.8-liter or turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engines
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • 10 airbags
  • High-mileage Eco model


Consumer Reviews


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2012 Cruze Eco

by Supersport from Evansville, IN on August 7, 2011

I bought a 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco with the 6 speed automatic and took delivery on July 28th. Over half of my driving the first week was in town city driving. It took 11 gallons to fill up. MPG for over ... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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