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The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze has plenty of space and comfort for four adults, and five will fit for shorter trips.

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2. Best compact – Chevrolet Cruze

One secret benefit of a compact car is a cramped cabin. Since passengers won’t be comfortable, you won’t find yourself being asked to drive on long trips or for rides around town. With the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, kiss that benefit goodbye. Car reviewers say that the passenger cabin of the Cruze feels more like a mid-size car. There’s plenty of space and comfort for four adults, and five will fit for shorter trips.

If you go for the Cruze’s Eco trim, you can have all that passenger space plus a 42-mpg highway fuel economy rating. While you’re on the highway, you can feel safe. The Cruze is an IIHS top safety pick and has a whopping 10 airbags. Eco and LT1 trims also have standard Bluetooth and a USB port. Even the base model has keyless entry, power windows, and satellite radio.

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