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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

5 star
jaysaxon2014 writes:
My favorite Lemon: The 2012 Cruze is an impressive world car. Kudos GM!!!

The 2012 Cruze is a great value, comfortable, and very fuel efficient, There are few negatives to owning this car. It does everything it is intended to very well. It's the first car I've owned in many years that I would buy again given the opportunity. It's great to love a car that's made in America, keeps American manufacturing jobs here, and lowers my fuel costs every month.

5 star
ChevroletDriver820 writes:
LOVE it!!!

Would like to have had a sunroof Love the economy; love the on star; love the heated seats, electrical adjustment on driver's seat; overall comfort; info systems

Pricing Trends

The average listing price for a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze:
  • LemonFree $15,453
  • In Colorado $15,455
Pricing difference by year:
  • 2013 $16,156 + $703
  • 2011 $13,794 - $1,659 vs national average
Average price by trim:
  • 1LT Auto $13,990
  • 1LT Manual $11,500
  • ECO $15,203
  • LS $14,344
  • LT $14,981
  • LT Fleet $15,126
  • LTZ $16,566

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Safety

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

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Overall Side Crash
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side
Rollover
Side Pole Crash

Recall Notices

2012 Chevrolet Cruze (7/5/2016)

Campaign Number: 16V502000
Component Name: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Buick Verano and 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as the electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in PARK. Also, certain 2013 Buick Encore, 2011 Buick Regal, 2013-2014 Buick Verano, 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruze, 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2011-2013 GMC Terrain vehicles may have been serviced with similar defective replacement electronic park lock levers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Defect: If the key is removed without the transmission in PARK, the vehicle may rollaway as occupants are exiting, increasing the risk of injury.
Corrective Action: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the key cylinder lock housing, free of charge. GM issued an interim notification to owners on August 18, 2016. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buiick 1-800-521-7300, and GMC 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 50490 and 50491.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze (7/5/2016)

Campaign Number: 16V502000
Component Name: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Buick Verano and 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as the electronic park lock lever may allow the ignition key to be removed without the transmission being in PARK. Also, certain 2013 Buick Encore, 2011 Buick Regal, 2013-2014 Buick Verano, 2011-2016 Chevrolet Cruze, 2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2011-2013 GMC Terrain vehicles may have been serviced with similar defective replacement electronic park lock levers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Defect: If the key is removed without the transmission in PARK, the vehicle may rollaway as occupants are exiting, increasing the risk of injury.
Corrective Action: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the key cylinder lock housing, free of charge. GM issued an interim notification to owners on August 18, 2016. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buiick 1-800-521-7300, and GMC 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 50490 and 50491.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze (6/6/2014)

Campaign Number: 14V300000
Component Name: AIR BAGS
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Buick Verano vehicles manufactured December 2, 2011 to July, 16, 2012, Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured December 7, 2011 to July 25, 2012, Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured December 5, 2011 to August 2, 2012, and Chevrolet Camaro vehicles manufactured December 1, 2011 to June 11, 2012. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.
Defect: If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, that air bag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.
Corrective Action: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel air bag coil, free of charge. The recall began on July 25, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact GM at 1-800-222-1020. Buick owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. Note: This is an expansion of recalls 12V-522 and 13V-023.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze (8/15/2013)

Campaign Number: 13V360000
Component Name: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with 1.4L DOHC gasoline turbo engines and 6T40 front wheel drive automatic transmissions and equipped with an electric vacuum pump to provide supplemental vacuum for brake assist, when needed. In the affected vehicles, the pump may not activate, resulting in an intermittent reduction or loss of brake assist.
Defect: A loss of braking assistance will require extra pedal force and/or distance to bring the vehicle to a stop, increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace a microswitch in the power brake vacuum pipe assembly, free of charge. The recall began on October 7, 2013. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020. GM's recall number is 12213.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze (1/24/2013)

Campaign Number: 13V023000
Component Name: AIR BAGS
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic, and model year 2012 Buick Verano vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.
Defect: If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, that air bag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.
Corrective Action: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel air bag coil, free of charge. The safety recall began on February 13, 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.