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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
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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The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze continues as one of the safest of all cars on the market, with 10 airbags standard, excellent crash-test ratings, and new electronic safety systems added last year. Those 10 standard airbags—frontal, head-curtain, thorax side bags front and back, and knee bags—are supplemented by stability control and even a collapsible pedal assembly system.
The Cruze had been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick in 2013 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but it did not carry that rating into the current model year. It earned the top rating of "good" in every category, except for the new and tougher small-overlap test, where it was rated "marginal"--only one level higher than "poor".
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration too awarded the Cruze five stars (its top rating overall), and five stars in every category except rollover safety, for which it earned four stars.
Although the Cruze has pretty good outward vision compared to most of its competitors, it offers a rearview camera as part of certain option packages.
All Cruze models contain OnStar with Automatic Crash Response, which automatically notifies OnStar and first responders--such as a 911 operator--that a crash has taken place, along with some information the chance of severe injury. An Enhanced Safety Package was new last year; it adds Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and rear park assist—all advanced accident-avoidance features limited to luxury-brand vehicles just a few years ago..
The Cruze also does well in safety tests around the world. The car's basic structure—only slightly different in other global markets—has earned top ratings in Euro NCAP, KNCAP (Korea), C-NCAP (China), and ANCAP (Australia) tests.
Even after four years, the Chevy Cruze sits at the top of its sector in safety ratings.