2012 Chevy Cruze vs. 2012 Honda Civic

2012 Chevrolet CruzeThe European auto markets have begun to crash headlong into North America along with their preferences for compact vehicles, as readily evidenced with the 2012 Chevy Cruze. While America used to be about big engines and big station wagons, modern drivers are buying smarter and smaller. Naturally, the next question for Americans is “who has the best compact vehicle?” It’s a competitive segment to be sure, but here at Biggers Chevrolet, two vehicles that our Elgin-area customers often look to compare are the 2012 Chevy Cruze and the 2012 Honda Civic. While it’s true that the Civic has long been an industry favorite, we think smart buyers will find the superior drivetrain, warranty, and interior of the Cruze much more compelling.

How Chevy Bests the Competition

When considering a compact vehicle, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be forced to sacrifice driving fun; both the 2012 Chevy Cruze 1LT and the 2012 Honda Civic Auto LX are fantastic rides, but the Cruze simply offers more under the hood. Even though the Civic’s 4-cylinder offers more displacement at 1.8L to the Cruze’s 1.4L, the Civic can only grind out 128 lb-ft of torque, whereas the Cruze makes up to 148 lb-ft of torque at less than half the rpms.

While Honda’s powertrain might be competitive, it doesn’t even come close in regards to interior features. Available with Bluetooth connectivity, onboard hands-free communication systems, rear parking assist, premium sound systems, and leather-wrapped steering wheels (none of which are even available on the Civic LX), the Cruze 1LT rewards drivers far more than Honda.

And when you stack the Cruze and Civic side by side, it’s clear that Chevy offers drivers more bang for their buck. Not only is the 2012 Cruze 1LT less expensive than the 2012 Civic LX at $18,555 vs. $18,805, but drivers who invest in a Chevy will enjoy better warranty protection than Honda. While both vehicles offer comprehensive warranty protection with 3-years/36,000-miles, Chevy protects their powertrains up to 100,000 miles – 40,000 more than Honda. We think the numbers speak for themselves, but Illinois drivers are welcome to schedule a test drive at Biggers Chevy in Elgin and discover the benefits firsthand.