ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here.

CarComplaints.com 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."

Collapse Safety Ratings

NCAP 5-Star Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

Driver FrontPassenger FrontDriver SidePassenger SideSide PoleRollover
2012 Cruze 4 DR FWD*****************************
NCAP videos are in WMV format.
Mac users can use Flip4Mac.
Find something helpful? Spread the word.

IIHS Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

Good Acceptable Marginal Poor

2012 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door sedan

2012 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door sedan Good performance in front, side, rear and rollover tests.

Moderate Overlap FrontSmall Overlap DriverSmall Overlap PassengerSideRear1Rollover2
G Overall
G Structure
G Head/Neck Injury
G Chest Injury
G Left Leg Injury
G Right Leg Injury
G Restraints
Full IIHS Moderate Overlap Crash Test report »
M Overall
P Structure
G Head/Neck Injury
G Chest Injury
G Hip/Thigh Injury
G Lower Leg Injury
M Restraints
Full IIHS Small Overlap Driver-side Crash Test report »
Not tested. G Overall
G Structure
Driver
G Head Protection
G Head/Neck Injury
G Torso Injury
G Pelvis/Legs Injury
Rear Passenger
G Head Protection
G Head/Neck Injury
G Torso Injury
G Pelvis/Legs Injury
Full IIHS Side Impact Crash Test report »
G Overall
G Geometry
G Dynamic
Full IIHS Rear Impact Crash Test report »
G Overall
Full IIHS Rollover Safety report »

1 — Manual cloth seats.

2 — Rating applies to both the Chevrolet Cruze (tested) and the structurally similar Buick Verano.

Ratings only apply to the model and body or seat type tested. The date of manufacture and optional safety equipment can affect results. For full details see www.iihs.org.

Add Your Complaint

Bump the Cruze problem graphs up another notch. Get answers and make your voice heard!

Become a Fan & Spread the Word