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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars overall; five stars in all subcategories
'Good,' frontal, side, rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick ; 'marginal,' small overlap frontal impact
It has a staggering 10 air bags--I counted them.
It has been engineered, developed and exhaustively tested to achieve U.S. five-star safety ratings and already has achieved them in Europe, Korea, China, India and Australia.
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Given the top-tier crash-test ratings that the Chevrolet Cruze achieves from both U.S. safety agencies, along with the new active-safety options offered in the 2013 Cruze, it offers one of the most comprehensive safety packages of any compact sedan.
The 2013 Cruze isn't just one of the safest compact sedans for sale in the U.S. market, but one of the safest in the world. The Cruze's structure—only slightly different in other markets—has earned top ratings in Euro NCAP, KNCAP (Korea), C-NCAP (China), and ANCAP (Australia) tests.
The Cruze has earned top crash test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with 'good' results in most categories, and it's been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. And in the federal NCAP tests, the Cruze earned five-star results in all categories. There's one rather significant blemish, though; the Cruze earns just a 'marginal' rating in the tough new small overlap frontal impact test from the IIHS.Throughout the Cruze lineup, standard safety features include ten standard airbags—frontal, head-curtain, thorax side bags front and back, and knee bags—plus stability control and 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.
New for 2013 is an Enhanced Safety Package, which includes Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and rear park assist—all advanced accident-avoidance features that were just a couple of model years ago the exclusive domain of luxury-brand vehicles.
Although the Cruze has reasonably good outward vision compared to other cars in this class, a rear vision camera is available as part of several option packages as well.
Few compact cars rival the safety scores and equipment found in the Chevy Cruze.