Small elegant Chevrolet Cruze started its debut last year, and made one of the most successful sales in the US. This year, the company unveiled for the latest model 2012 Chevrolet Cruze with several improvements – though not really significant. The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is coming with small appearance, with different four main trim levels named LS, Eco, LT, and LTZ. The LS model is designed with 16-inch steel wheel, manual adjustable driver seat, trip computer, and pack of connectivity ports. While the Eco has better fuel efficiency than the LS, and improved aerodynamic, smaller fuel tank, and also lighter than the LS. The LT model has turbocharged engine, steering wheel with leather design, 16-inch alloy wheel, cruise control, sport-tuned suspension, and many more. Meanwhile, the LTZ is designed with 18-alloy wheel, automatic climate control, and other premium features.
- 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Dashboard
What’s Under the Hood of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze?
Overall, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is packed with powerful engine to support the performance. The Cruze LS has 1.8L inline-4 engine, capable to produce 136 HP and 123 pound of feet torque. As for the Eco, LT, and LTZ, they are equipped with 1.4L inline-4 and capable to produce 138HP and 148 lb-ft of torque. All of them have six-speed manual transmissions, while the automatic option is available for the LTZ model.
What about fuel economy? The test shows that the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze models have average 22-35 mpg highway with manual transmission, and average of 22-29 mpg highway with automatic transmission. The Cruze LTZ is capable to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 9.3 seconds, which is average in its class. The Eco has best fuel economy, which is 28 mpg city and 42 mpg highway, and 33 mpg with manual transmission, and 26/39.31 with automatic transmission.
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze cars are coming with integrated safety system. All are equipped with stability control, antilock brakes, front-knee airbags, and front and rear side impact airbags. The government crash testing awards five star rating for overall safety system in the 2012 .Chevrolet Cruze.
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