Notes: In many ways, the 2012 Cruze continues the legacy of its predecessor. It's a legacy of sluggish transmissions and coolant leaks, but it's still a legacy.

To be fair, the number of complaints about the cooling system are way down versus the 2011 model which led to a class-action lawsuit.

On the flip-side, there's more concerns about brake problems.

However, there were far more Cruze vehicles sold for the 2012 model year so we'll give it our "Beware of this Clunker" badge rather than the "Avoid Like the Plague."


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 052015


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. While the vehicle was idling at a complete stop and upon pulling into the driveway, the contact applied the accelerator pedal, but it suddenly fractured. The failure caused the contact to slightly bump into the rear of the preceding vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The contact attempted to reverse the vehicle, but the accelerator pedal was completely fractured. The insurance company towed the vehicle to the dealer and were awaiting instructions from the manufacturer to repair the vehicle. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

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