2012 Chevrolet Cruze Consumer Reviews

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze
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2012 Cruze Eco

by 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 ...
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 350 miles of driving was 32.32. I don't think that it was completely filled up at the dealer. This past Saturday my wife and I drove to Bloomington, IN for a family wedding. So I was interested to see what kind of mileage we would get on the longer drive. Well on this trip we drove 252.9 miles total, with about 20 miles in town, and in Bloomington (home of the Hoosiers) almost every street has a stop sign if you are not on a main highway, so a lot of stop and go driving. We filled up with gas when we got back, as I said we drove 252.9 miles. It took $21.15 to fill up @ 3.599 a gallon which is 5.8766. I rounded that to 5.88. To my surprise it came to 43.01 (mpg) miles per gallon. The car was fun to drive and handled very well on the 2 lane highway of U.S. 50 between Bedford and Loogootee which is very curvy and hilly. So far I am very satisfied with this purchase. Supersport
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Can't beat it

by from MD on February 10, 2012

Excellent! That pretty well says it all. Nicely appointed, completely loaded LTZ with RS, There is not another vehicle around that has all the bells and whistles for the money. But the gas miles it wh...
Excellent! That pretty well says it all. Nicely appointed, completely loaded LTZ with RS, There is not another vehicle around that has all the bells and whistles for the money. But the gas miles it what sets the record!
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Early But Testing

by from PA to NJ on October 9, 2012

I was Looking for a newer used car to save money on depretiation Value on new. Spent months reading reviews and narrowing down all compact cars. Toyota corrola boring with recalls, Honda civic little ...
I was Looking for a newer used car to save money on depretiation Value on new. Spent months reading reviews and narrowing down all compact cars. Toyota corrola boring with recalls, Honda civic little nicer but road noise and dash wacky, hyndai elantra and accent nice but still new to markett comming from a cheap car, time will tell with them, kia fortte nice but feel the same as hyndai, Ford focus was number 1 choice untill bad reviews of new stlye automatic , test drove 2010 with hopes to buy felt like older womens car to me and thats a decked out ses sport version. Now this is upgrading from a dodge neon 2005 with 140,000 with no breakdowns very impressed with neon. that lead me to the new dodge Dart very nice but new to markett have to see issues when they come out. With chevy last on my list claimed would never buy because of poor engineering and family owners of chevys that don't hold up well. I stumbled accross a 2012 LT 1.4,auto,very well equipped so figured i will give it a try with no hopes to buy it. Test drove the car very impressed good power ,good shifting, very nice lay out. Feels like you are in a mid sized car, except cramped rear seating room. Gas milage so far not impressed compared to neon i am shocked , but cause of 15.6 gal tank i can go 200 miles further ,average same as neon 32 to 34 mpg hwy, cruise set 65 mph, light accell. maybe break in will change this. Now keep this in mind great power but relize it is the turbo thats making the little 1.4 engine feel big with a 4000 lb car this will kill the engine over time in hilly city driving so long term high milage will be the key with this engine. I am giving Gm a chance if this car fails i will never buy another car from them. All these reviews are too early on this car but give you somthing to go on, one year minimun ownership is the key to review. So far i recommend it, but do not rush better to buy a car without the turbo this way engine will be sized properly for long ownership. I know this has been kinda boring but just trying to help consumers out there , we want quality for what we buy and deserve that for the money we spend ! my advice research well select wise take your time when you buy ! Good Luck with your purchase !
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Loud engine

by from Indiana on June 1, 2012

We purchased a new 2012 Cruze LT in April for my wife and at first I was really impressed with this car. It looks great, the interior has an excellent fit and finish, and there are plenty of tech good...
We purchased a new 2012 Cruze LT in April for my wife and at first I was really impressed with this car. It looks great, the interior has an excellent fit and finish, and there are plenty of tech goodies. Then a couple of weeks after we bought it we took our first road trip and I noticed this horrible droning sound coming from the engine when we were cruising on the interstate. It sounded like the car was working extra hard just to keep up with traffic. My wife said she noticed it when she was driving to work one day and she thought that it was making that sound because she was running the air conditioning, but later noticed that it was making that sound all the time. A coworker of mine has a 2011 Cruze with the same 1.4 turbo engine so I brought my wife's car into work one day and my coworker and I drove both vehicles to see if there was a difference. His car was very quiet by comparison when driving on the highway. So I told my wife to take her car in to have it looked at and the dealership's response was that the sound was "normal" and there wasn't anything wrong. So now we have a brand new car that we can't stand to be in for any sort of highway driving because of the engine groan. I gave Chevy a second shot (used to have a Colorado that was always in the shop) because I thought that they had really stepped up their game, but I will never buy another GM product again.
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Cruzing in Memphis

by from Nesbit, MS on March 11, 2012

I've driven the 12 Cruze Eco Automatic for 1700 miles in interstate, urban, and exurban environments. The car is smooth, exceptionally quiet, and comfortable. Overall MPG thus far is 39. Features I li...
I've driven the 12 Cruze Eco Automatic for 1700 miles in interstate, urban, and exurban environments. The car is smooth, exceptionally quiet, and comfortable. Overall MPG thus far is 39. Features I like best are 6 speed automatic, 10 air bags, hands free calling through bluetooth-On Star, roomy trunk, the balance of the entire car, & sonic alert for large objects near rear of the car. Best GM car I have owned. My complaints are more like quibbles: extend the console arm rest by 2-3 inches, move front cup holders to the front of the shifter for driver's convenience, move hvac thermostat control (driver's right leg easily bumps into it), needs a rear seat back angle adjuster, delete small storage area on top of dash board (useless), & add rear disc breaks to the eco.
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Great buy

by from Kansas on December 7, 2013

Purchased my 2012 Cruze LT a month ago; an outstanding decision!!! Prior to making my final decision I accomplished substantial research in cost, fuel economy, and overall performance. I purchased the...
Purchased my 2012 Cruze LT a month ago; an outstanding decision!!! Prior to making my final decision I accomplished substantial research in cost, fuel economy, and overall performance. I purchased the turbo; watch out, it may surprise you what Chevy was able to do with a 1.4, their best creation thus far if you ask me. Not only is it a fun car to "Cruze" around in, but it gets great mileage even stomping on the pedal. Don't be deceived by those who my knock this vehicle for its size. I have three kids (two in booster seats) and they ride just fine in the back. The only setback about the Cruze is that the seatbelts are built into the bench and can be a little tricky with three in the backseat - we make it work though. Lastly, the most important is the great safety rating the Cruze has. If you contemplate the Cruze, I highly encourage it.
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Better then my 2012 CIVIC!

by from Valparaiso In on January 15, 2013

Overall rating of my 2012 Cruze 1LT is VERY GOOD. For Comfort, the front seats are a bit hard at first, but soften after the first 1000 miles or so. Noise level inside is nonexistant! It is as quiet ...
Overall rating of my 2012 Cruze 1LT is VERY GOOD. For Comfort, the front seats are a bit hard at first, but soften after the first 1000 miles or so. Noise level inside is nonexistant! It is as quiet at 20mph as it is at 80mph. Performance is good for what it is. i have the 6 speed manual. i am able to downshift to get more power from the 138hp. engine. It is not quick, but very efficient!! Cornering is better then expected. Smooth comfortable ride. Drove the 6 speed automatic, Transmission seemed quirky. GO FOR THE MANUAL PEOPLE!! Don't be so LAZY! Exterior styling is good. Interior Design is very good except for the awkward placement of the front cupholders. Pleanty of storage otherwise. Value for the money? everyone wants to pay less. I purchased a new 2012 model at the end of the year with a manual transmission that was deeply discounted. twenty thousand six hundred msrp. I paid sixteen thousand six hundred or four thousand off sticker. not bad. Reliability is yet to be seen. under 2000 miles so far. Not to bash a car, my 2012 Civic was in the shop 4 times in the first 1200 miles. It is better then my 2012 CIVIC!! Yes i sold my HONDA CIVIC. I could not wait to get rid of it!!
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The almost perfect "practical" car.

by from Wisconsin on April 16, 2012

The reinvented GM spent a lot of time designing this vehicle with the help of Daewoo et al, and I think we finally have an American compact sedan to be proud of. It's nearly flawless in concept, look...
The reinvented GM spent a lot of time designing this vehicle with the help of Daewoo et al, and I think we finally have an American compact sedan to be proud of. It's nearly flawless in concept, looks sharp, is obsessively safe, gets great gas mileage and is a very comfortable all-round vehicle. Another poster here summed up the few, minor flaws rather well: The dash storage compartment is useless, the temp control knob needs to be moved due to your knee hitting it, the vehicle needs a trunk control button besides what's on the keychain, and don't ever drop anything small between the seat and the center console as you apparently will never see it again. The vehicle is also a couple thousand too pricey, which I believe forces folks to consider an "upgrade" like the Malibu, etc. But overall it's a sold little car and I'm really curious how the longterm value/reliability will hold up. It could go down as a solid contender vs the Camry/Civic market, or it could be a typical "old school" US auto with a much shorter practical lifespan due to substandard build quaility. Time will tell, and those of us buying it now are part of a grand experiment. Yeehaw!
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Awesome car!

by from Williamsport, PA on January 2, 2012

This car is great! Very comfortable, stylish, and great gas mileage. Definitely a super car for the price! Would recommend this car to anyone.
This car is great! Very comfortable, stylish, and great gas mileage. Definitely a super car for the price! Would recommend this car to anyone.
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Best Car For My Money

by from Minneapolis,MN on February 12, 2012

I recently purchased a 2012 Chev Cruze.I have the base model,but has great features.It has read out for 4 tire air pressure,Batt Voltage,Coolant Temp and all MPG info.I have the 6 speed manual transmi...
I recently purchased a 2012 Chev Cruze.I have the base model,but has great features.It has read out for 4 tire air pressure,Batt Voltage,Coolant Temp and all MPG info.I have the 6 speed manual transmission and with a 4cyl engine, I still have plenty of "Get up and Go".It handles extremely well on snowy/icy roads.I get 42 MPG Hwy @ 55mph and 38 MPG @ 65mph.The interior is very well designed and very comfortable.Plenty of space in rear seats and surprisingly large trunk space.I am very pleased with this purchase---I previously owned a Malibu Maxx SS.
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