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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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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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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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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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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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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Unexpected Small Car Excellence from GM

by from Michigan on November 10, 2012

This is my first compact GM car in 25 years due to their cheap interiors, mediocre styling and poor driving dynamics. My Cruze Eco manual has exceeded every expectation: the car is fun to drive, quiet...
This is my first compact GM car in 25 years due to their cheap interiors, mediocre styling and poor driving dynamics. My Cruze Eco manual has exceeded every expectation: the car is fun to drive, quiet, refined and regularly exceeds 45 MPG on my work commute. The firm European engineered front seats are very supportive, the ride with the sport spring suspension is well controlled and comfortable and the shifter throws are short and light. I have 11K miles without a single issue. The trunk is bigger than some mid-size cars and the interior room rivals a mid-size. The Pioneer sound system is worth the money, the fog lights work better than any factory lamps I've had on my cars, the nav screen is large, colorful with crisp readouts, the back up warning works well and the power seat, combined with the tilt/telescopic wheel, offers a wide rang of adjustability. If you want more power contact Trifecta (0-60 in 6.8 seconds - auto). GM engineers sweated the details to create a car that has exceeded the EPA ratings 100% of the time. My overall average is around 37 MPG actual, not indicated. The lighter weight and lowered CG contribute to a nimble feeling car. A friend who drives a BMW asked to trade cars after he drove my Cruze. I have to shift it more than my Corvette but that's part of the car's nature; the shifter is enjoyable to use so that's not a problem for me. This car looks good, handles well (tire limited, not chassis - Tire Rack has LRR tires that add 0.04 g's), is easy to see out of, has a solid structure (the doors sound like a Mercedes when they close) and has ten airbags. The car could use 40 HP and 50 ft. lbs. (if Trifecta can do it so can GM), four wheel disc brakes (using the Volts HD brake system would provide much improved stopping), and an armrest with cupholders for the rear passengers (Eco autos get one, not manuals). Those are my only complaints. I looked at other vehicles in the segment but was impressed by the Cruze's overall performance and value. If you're in the market for a refined, fun to drive, high MPG car I recommend test driving the Cruze Eco manual before making a purchase decision.
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Love my Cruze

by from Walnut Creek, CA on August 9, 2013

I bought this car 2nd hand with about 52k miles on it. Took it on a road trip through the hot nevada desert to the midwest for about 8 hours. No issues what so ever. Rides comfortably. Handles securel...
I bought this car 2nd hand with about 52k miles on it. Took it on a road trip through the hot nevada desert to the midwest for about 8 hours. No issues what so ever. Rides comfortably. Handles securely. Even fun to drive. Though Not as fun as a some other cars i've driven, but still nimble in town. Except for budget cheap low rent tires the dealer had put on the front end, noise levels are low. I like that this car has a small turbo in it. Shifts aren't as smooth as the cars i have owned from other brands, but when the turbo kicks in at about 2000 rpm, the car takes off. Engine noise is pronounced so if you like quiet when accelerating, i'd go with a different car. The transmission is geared more for fuel economy so sometimes you have to put it into manual mode when you are accelerating when making a turn because it thinks you don't need to accelerate quickly to merge into traffic safely, but it's not a big deal. I happily do it myself. Of all the cars i looked at, sub to compact cars, i liked the interior of the Cruze most, though i would have chosen a different material to put on the dash. Cloth is better than hard plastic, but leather would have been a better choice to use through out the various trim levels. The only real gripe i have is the very short center armrest. It slides forward but if you like to rest your elbow while driving, you will have to use your left hand more. A minor gripe i have are the awful rear speakers. I faded all the sound to the rear speakers and barely any sound came out of them. I adjusted the eq, still nothing. I had to turn the volume almost all the way up. Again, this is a minor gripe as i will have the fader on 0 any way. The rear passengers will have to settle for the volume and quality sound. The rear trunk on the Cruze is HUGE. As much trunk room as my RL. This is a huge plus for my many road trips. I was able to fit 2 medium duffle bags, 1 large duffle bag, a small cooler, a pillow, emergency kit, emergency gas can, 1 case of 24 16.9 ounce bottles of water, 3 cases of 24 glass bottles of soda, 1 large jacket, and 2 coats. The exterior of the car is conservative but looks more expensive with the help of the headlight and taillight units. I like the jewel like designs instead of the plain designs of decades past, especially at night. I plan on plus sizing the rims with 18 or 19 inch rims and tires, adding a subwoofer as the bass is abysmal, a traditional cd changer, amp, and upgraded speakers. I'm also looking into changing those clothes pieces around the dash and doors with leather. Other than these upgrades, the car is the perfect car for me. I am happy i decided to keep an open mind and bought an American car. This car is just as competitive with the other cars i looked at in its class, in terms of interior quality and styling. The interior won me over. The car does not feel cheap or barebones. Though i would skip the leather in the 2LT model. It felt more like cheap vinyl than leather, though that model has larger rims and tires, a sport suspension, heated seat and a slightly better sound system.
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Love driving this car

by from Tacoma, Wa. on October 14, 2012

But not for very long, Form fitting seats are hard on your butt. Would need a change of driver after two hours. Cruise control might need some pedal on steep hills. Has optional shift for down hill. N...
But not for very long, Form fitting seats are hard on your butt. Would need a change of driver after two hours. Cruise control might need some pedal on steep hills. Has optional shift for down hill. No room in back seat for passengers because of long legged driver. and the front seat goes back far enough for long legged driver. Roomy trunk
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