Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

$5,995 - $10,998
2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Highlights

There are no major changes for the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze.


  • Upscale interior design
  • lively yet efficient turbocharged engine
  • Eco model's high fuel economy
  • secure handling
  • top safety scores
  • big trunk.


  • Mediocre seating comfort
  • six-speed automatic's sleepy responses.

Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze for Sale

Chevrolet Cruze 2012 2LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Black Granite Metallic Jet Black leather71,570 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet Cruze2LT
Est.Loan: $177/mo
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Chevrolet Cruze 2012 1LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Silver Ice Metallic Jet Black premium cloth66,040 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet Cruze1LT
Est.Loan: $161/mo
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Loaed with features like alloy wheels, For peace of mind, it has been through a 125 point mechanical inspection, comes with a dealer warranty for 90 days/ 4,000 miles, and 5 day/ 250 mile money back guarantee. This vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed.*Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.

Chevrolet Cruze 2012 LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M) Silver Ice Metallic Jet Black/Medium Titanium premium cloth101,812 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet CruzeLS
Est.Loan: $121/mo
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Silver Ice Metallic 78,845 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet Cruze2LT
Est.Loan: $130/mo
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Summit White Jet Black leather91,064 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet CruzeLTZ
Est.Loan: $167/mo
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Crystal Red Tintcoat Medium Titanium premium cloth154,210 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet CruzeEco
Est.Loan: $112/mo
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Used 2012Chevrolet Cruze1LT
Est.Loan: $145/mo
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Summit White Jet Black/Medium Titanium premium cloth98,337 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet CruzeLS
Est.Loan: $136/mo
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Ice Blue Metallic Jet Black premium cloth47,599 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet CruzeEco
Est.Loan: $200/mo
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"Ice Blue Metallic 2012 Chevrolet Cruze ECO FWD 6-Speed Automatic Electronic with Overdrive ECOTEC 1.4L I4 DOHC VVT Turbocharged 1LT Driver Convenience Package

Victory Red Jet Black leather152,172 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet Cruze2LT
Est.Loan: $116/mo
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Black Granite Metallic Jet Black premium cloth70,806 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet Cruze1LT
Est.Loan: $140/mo
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Silver Ice Metallic Jet Black premium cloth112,700 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet Cruze1LT
Est.Loan: $129/mo
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Blue Topaz Metallic Jet Black/Medium Titanium premium cloth67,734 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet CruzeLS
Est.Loan: $149/mo
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Summit White Jet Black leather116,436 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet Cruze2LT
Est.Loan: $163/mo
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"Check out this very well equipped 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 2LT! Great color combination with Summit White Paint and Jet Black Interior. Loaded with features including the fuel efficient 1.4L 4Cyl and 6-Speed Automatic Transmission

Silver Ice Metallic Medium Titanium premium cloth98,466 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet CruzeEco
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Blue Topaz Metallic Medium Titanium premium cloth93,095 miles
Used 2012Chevrolet Cruze1LT
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Put the preconceived notions to bed, because Chevrolet finally has a quality small car in the form of the 2012 Cruze.

vehicle overview

Researching a small car on to find a top pick used to be pretty straightforward. Chances are we'd point you to a Honda Civic, a Mazda 3 or, if you really wanted to fly your freak flag, a Subaru Impreza. But now things are different. There's been a regime change for small cars, and one of the rebel leaders is the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze.

The Cruze debuted last year as an all-new model and has gone on to be both a sales and critical success. The reasons are multifold, but the bottom line is that the Cruze is simply a quality car. It looks sharp inside and out. Attention to detail is apparent the first time you close the door and notice it shuts with a solid "thunk." The feature content is up to date with options such as hard-drive-based navigation and keyless ignition/entry. Chevy's come a long way since the Cobalt.

On the move, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze impresses with capable handling and a quiet cabin. Under the hood you have a choice of two engines. Base LS models have a 136-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder, but most Cruzes actually come with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine. Horsepower is about the same from this smaller engine (138 hp), but torque rises significantly to give the Cruze a boost in around-town acceleration. The turbo also sees duty in the Cruze Eco variant. Thanks to various tweaks, the Eco achieves an impressive 42 mpg highway EPA rating.

That said, looking at other models is still a wise idea. The redesigned Ford Focus is similarly impressive and holds advantages in handling and technology features. The stylish Hyundai Elantra is equally well rounded and arguably a better value. And even though they're not the dominant choices they once were, the Honda Civic and Mazda 3 are still great cars. But the fact remains that the small car segment has changed, and the Chevy Cruze is a top contender.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a small sedan that comes in four main trim levels: LS, Eco, LT and LTZ.

The LS includes 16-inch steel wheels, OnStar, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning, a six-way (manual) adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split rear seat, a trip computer, full power accessories and a six-speaker stereo with a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. A Connectivity package adds Bluetooth, a USB port and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.

The Eco is equipped similarly to the LS but is optimized for maximum fuel efficiency with aerodynamic improvements, lightweight alloy wheels, low-rolling-resistance tires, a smaller fuel tank and a few minor feature deletions to further reduce weight.

The LT actually comprises 1LT and 2LT subsets. The 1LT comes with a turbocharged engine, cruise control, color-keyed power outside mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the contents of the Connectivity package.

The 2LT differentiates itself with 16-inch alloy wheels, remote vehicle start, cruise control, a sport-tuned suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a six-way power driver seat. The Cruze LTZ adds 18-inch alloy wheels, rear park assist, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control, premium interior trim and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Many of the standard features found in the upper trim levels also can be had on lower trims as options. A hard-drive-based navigation system, a Pioneer nine-speaker premium sound system, a sunroof and an RS appearance package (unique front/rear fascias, foglights, rear spoiler) are all available on the upper trims.

performance & mpg

The Cruze LS is powered by a 1.8-liter inline-4 that makes 136 hp and 123 pound-feet of torque. The Eco, LT and LTZ are fitted with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 that generates 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. On the LS, LT and Eco, power flows to the front wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is optional on those trims and standard for the LTZ.

In Edmunds testing, the turbocharged Cruze accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds, which is an average time for this class.

EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for the Cruze LS with the manual transmission and 22/35/27 mpg with the automatic. The turbocharged engine (LT and LTZ) with either transmission receives 26/38/30 mpg estimates.

The fuel-economy-focused Cruze Eco earns a laudable 28 mpg city/42 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined with the manual transmission and 26/39/31 with the automatic.


All 2012 Chevrolet Cruze models come with stability control, antilock brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and front and rear side impact airbags as standard. All trims except the 2LT and LTZ have a front-disc/rear-drum brake setup; those models are upgraded to four-wheel disc brakes.

In government crash testing, the Cruze earned a top five-star rating for overall safety performance, with five stars in both frontal and side-impact categories. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Cruze received a top score of "Good" in both frontal-offset and side-impact testing.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Cruze LTZ stopped from 60 mph in 122 feet, a good distance for this class of car. Even with its fuel-economy-friendly tires, the Cruze Eco stopped in just about the same distance.


The most surprising characteristic of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is its combination of genuinely athletic handling with a comfortable, controlled ride quality. The Cruze's chassis isn't particularly sophisticated as far as economy cars go, but its design ensures secure handling and a compliant -- but not mushy -- ride. The standard suspension rides as well and as quietly as just about any compact car, while the sport suspension on the 2LT and LTZ is firmer, though without harshness.

Most drivers should be satisfied with either of the Cruze's engines. The upscale turbocharged engine is pretty average in terms of outright acceleration, but it's peppier around town thanks to its increased torque. The main issue, however, is the automatic transmission. Programmed for maximum fuel economy, it's reluctant to downshift for quick acceleration and passing unless you really boot the throttle.


The Cruze's "twin cockpit" interior design and two-tone color schemes deliver an upscale ambience. There are a lot of hard plastic surfaces and we'd like more armrest padding, but the application of cloth or leather-look trim to the dash and doors improves both the look and feel. The layout of the Cruze's audio controls is a little too convoluted, but the climate controls couldn't be simpler, and the revised navigation system for 2012 is a big improvement in terms of functionality.

The Cruze's front seats are a bit narrow, which might be an issue for some drivers, but they offer plenty of adjustment and are both supportive and comfortable. A low cushion for the backseat diminishes comfort for longer-limbed riders, whose thighs will have minimal support. Actual legroom is only average for the segment; you'll find more space in the Civic and Volkswagen Jetta. Considerably above average, however, is the Cruze's large trunk, which measures an impressive 15.4 cubic feet.

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Features & Specs

LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)1LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)LTZ 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)2LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)LT Fleet 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Transmission6-speed manual6-speed manual6-speed manual6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed manual6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower138 hp @ 6300 rpm138 hp @ 4900 rpm138 hp @ 4900 rpm138 hp @ 4900 rpm138 hp @ 4900 rpm138 hp @ 4900 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

  • Side Crash Rating

  • Side Barrier Rating

  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front Seat5/5
    Back Seat5/5
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.9%

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating

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I love this car!
My previous car is a Volvo C70. The Eco had a lot to live up to. I have 16,000 miles with a lifetime average of 44 mpg. I commute 250 miles (RT) over mostly two lane highways in the frozen North. The acceleration makes passing easy, the car is beautiful and comfortable. I went to the test drive expecting to be under awed, but I had to get better gas mileage. A hybrid was not going to do it with my driving conditions. The car impressed me at every turn. It still does.
Great small car
I use this car on a daily basis, for both city and highway driving. I average about 35 MPH, and the cruze does not use a drop on oil, between 6,000 mile changes. Most of my driving is highway in excess of 70 MPH. The vehicle currently has over 40,000, and i have no complaints.
Uber driver gives thumbs up
All though built for a 19 year old college girl, my 240 lb 5'10" frame rides well in it. I purchased the car in January of 2013. As of November 21, 2015 I have logged over 63,000 miles. This car is the 1.8 liter mated to the 6-speed manual tranny. I log every fuel up utilizing the gas tracker app available on iTunes. Average is 30.5 MPG and I am not the most conservative driver. Only mechanical issue I have encountered was a broken thermostat housing and thermostat. The issue was covered under warranty. Car rides well and handles very well. It is under powered but expected with only 138 horsepower. I recently began driving for Uber. I have received a ton of compliments on the car. The 6-speed manual tranny is a real conversation starter. This is the base model and does not have blue tooth or cruise control. The stereo is somewhat inadequate. It is difficult to hear stereo with the windows down and only having 6 pre-set stations really blows. The car is silver ice and the windows are tinted as dark as the law will allow. It looks brand new. Something very remarkable is that I still have the original tires. Firestone FR710. Over 63K miles and still a good ways away from the tread ware indicator. I would recommend this car to anyone.....Most notable downside is resale value Update 5/22/16 79,000. Finally put new tires on it at 70,000 miles. Car is still performing as expected with no issues. Update 5/23/17 mileage 97,000. No mechanical issues at all. This past year I've changed the oil and rotated the tires every 5k miles. No other maintenance performed. I have experienced a vibration during heavy braking so I'll have the brakes checked at my 100k oil change.
Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Overview

The Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M), 1LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LTZ 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and LT Fleet 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze?

Save up to $275 on one of 84 Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $5,565 as of 07/20/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from 1 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT is priced between $5,995 and $11,332 with odometer readings between 0 and 112700 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS is priced between $5,565 and $10,900 with odometer readings between 0 and 158528 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco is priced between $5,988 and $10,998 with odometer readings between 0 and 154210 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze 2LT is priced between $6,195 and $11,495 with odometer readings between 0 and 152172 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ is priced between $6,197 and $10,977 with odometer readings between 71000 and 154437 miles.

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