Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2016-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 4-door

The Chevrolet Cruze was redesigned for the 2016 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

The earlier design remained in production for 2016 model year only, available new only to fleet buyers, and was called the Chevrolet Cruze Limited. The ratings on this page do not apply to the Cruze Limited.

Overall evaluation


Structure and safety cage


Driver injury measures




Leg/foot, left


Leg/foot, right


Driver restraints and dummy kinematics


Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side Test ID VTF1516 Footwell intrusion Footrest (cm) 4 Left (cm) 3 Center (cm) 3 Right (cm) 4 Brake pedal (cm) 4 Instrument panel rearward movement Left (cm) -1 Right (cm) -1 Steering column movement Upward (cm) -2 Rearward (cm) -7 A-pillar rearward movement (cm) Driver injury measures Test ID VTF1516 Head HIC-15 178 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 1.1 Extension bending moment (Nm) 11 Maximum Nij 0.21 Chest maximum compression (mm) 30 Legs Femur force – left (kN) 0.7 Femur force – right (kN) 1.0 Knee displacement – left (mm) 1 Knee displacement – right (mm) 1 Maximum tibia index – left 0.32 Maximum tibia index – right 0.30 Tibia axial force – left (kN) 2.6 Tibia axial force – right (kN) 2.3 Foot acceleration (g) Left 87 Right 63

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Optional Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Optional Forward Collision Alert

Package name

  • Optional Driver Confidence Package II

Basic Basic with optional equipment

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle failed to slow.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle failed to slow.

How front crash prevention is evaluated


Comfort Comparison

The Ford Fusion has plenty of space inside, offering 44.3 inches of front legroom and 38.3 inches of legroom in the back, as opposed to the 42 inches of front legroom and 36.1 inches of rear legroom in the Chevy Cruze. In addition, the 2018 Fusion has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is larger than the 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space available to 2018 Cruze drivers.

Recommended Safety Technologies

These features have been either verified by NHTSA or reported by the vehicle manufacturers as meeting NHTSA’s performance criteria.

Learn about safety technology

Owners Dont Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Styling of gauges and instruments
  • Feel of the seat material
  • Vehicle maneuverability

2014 Chevy Cruze problems and more

According to a ranking of 87 Chevrolet generations by their reliability ratings on, the first-generation Chevy Cruze sedans from 2011 to 2015 ranked dead last. What Chevy Cruze problems make this car the worst Chevrolet model to buy?

Leaking water pumps

For starters, the 1.4-liter-engine models exhibited instances of leaking water pumps. The leaks caused the air conditioning to stop working and overheated the car. The problem was severe enough that General Motors issued a service bulletin in January 2015 for 2011 to 2014 models with that engine. GM extended the warranty coverage for the issue to 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever came first. The repair involved replacing the water pump.

Defective PCV diaphragms

Owners also reported defective PCV diaphragms in the valve cover. There were also instances of missing air check valves in the intake manifold that caused numerous problems with the 1.4-liter turbo. The issues resulted in blue smoke from the exhaust, excessive oil use, and a rough idle — triggering the check engine light. There were cases of faulty PCV pipes too.

In some cases, repairs involved replacing the intake manifold. In others, the valve cover needed replacing. Either way, the repair could cost several hundred dollars.

Oil leaks

Also, the 2014 Chevy Cruze and other first-generation models reportedly had oil leaks from the engine, cooler lines, and transmission seals. Coolant leaks caused problems requiring the thermostat housing to be replaced. In addition, trunk release switch issues, though inexpensive to fix, could cause quite a few headaches.

Faulty ignition coils

Then there were faulty ignition coils that caused misfires. The earlier first-gen models even experienced complete transmission failure.

Loose negative battery cables

Another GM service bulletin reported electrical problems from loose negative battery cables. The issue caused the display to turn on and off randomly. It also caused problems with the anti-lock brake system, service traction system, and other components.


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