The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze offers a level of safety that distinguishes it not just as one of the best compact sedans for sale in the U.S. market, but among the best in the world. Its structure has earned top crash-test scores everywhere, including top 'good' results in every IIHS category and the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation again for 2012. Also in federal NCAP testing the Cruze earned five-star results overall and in every subcategory.
Digging deeper, it's all the more impressive that the Cruze has aced every other major crash-test program in the world, including the Euro NCAP, KNCAP (Korea), C-NCAP (China), and ANCAP (Australia). These market-specific models of the Cruze vary slightly, but not significantly, in structure.
There are ten standard airbags, including frontal, head-curtain, thorax side bags front and back, and knee bags, and the rear thorax and knee bags are standard-feature firsts for a value-priced compact car.
Other noteworthy standard safety features include OnStar with Automatic Crash Response, which automatically notifies OnStar and first responders, such as a 911 operator, depending on the chance of severe injury. There's also a collapsible pedal system to help reduce the risk of leg or ankle injuries.