2016 Chevrolet Cruze Safety

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Crash-test ratings aren't fully in for the 2016 Chevy Cruze yet. The IIHS gives the new Cruze its highest rating of "Good" on the side impact and moderate-overlap front impact tests, but hasn't rated it on other measures yet. The NHTSA hasn't rated it at all.

A rearview camera and 10 airbags are standard, and the new Cruze offers two optional packages of electronic active-safety systems that are mostly complete, with two omissions. The Safety 1 package bundles the "rear-facing" systems, which are blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking assist. Safety 2 adds lane-keeping assist, intelligent headlights, and a forward-collision warning system with a following distance indicator to the first package.

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze hasn't yet been fully rated by the NHTSA or IIHS; it offers most of the latest active-safety aids, but not all.

The two missing items on the 2016 Cruze are adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, which are offered on a few of the latest small-sedan competitors. Chevy says its data showed those two items to be less important to buyers than the systems being offered, which it says are "priced for accessibility," and will thus be selected by more buyers.

Outward vision in the new Cruze is good but not superb, with the driver's forward view clear due to the drooping nose, but rear three-quarter vision only average (if not as bad as that of the competing Honda Civic).

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