2011 Chevrolet Cruze (Courtesy: GM)Enlarge Photo
Why it's on this list: Three recalls announced in 2012 (two of them adding onto model-year 2011 recalls)
Manufacturer's hotline: 866-694-6546
The Chevrolet Cruze is worlds better than the Cobalt that preceded it; and here at The Car Connection it's one of our favorite (and top-rated) compact sedans. Yet the Cruze had something of a rough first year on the market, with a total of five recalls announced in 2011 affecting the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. We thought 2012 could only get better, but the 2012 Chevy Cruze was affected by three recalls during 2012 (and a fourth by now)—and to make matters worse, two of those largest-scale recalls (over fire concerns from leaking fuel and oil) extended back to the 2011 models. Give credit to GM for getting it these fixes out; and we hope the road gets less bumpy in 2013.