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2012 Chevrolet Cruze

Small car
  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2011 Chevrolet Cruze shown
2011 Chevrolet Cruze shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
M
G
G
G
G
2013
M
G
G
G
G
2012
M
G
G
G
G
2011
M
G
G
G
G

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
P
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Chevrolet Cruze was introduced in the 2011 model year as a replacement for the Chevrolet Cobalt. Beginning with 2013 Cruze models, the driver frontal airbag was changed to a simpler, "smart" design, characterized by General Motors as having flexible venting technology. The small overlap frontal ratings apply to both airbag designs.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Upper interior intrusion measured 19 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 20 cm at the hinge pillar. The steering column was pushed back 11 cm toward the driver.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 11 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4-door
Weight 3,099 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length181 in.
Width71 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1312
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)20
Footrest (cm)16
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)10
Brake pedal (cm)8
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)5
Steering column11
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)19
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)19
Lower instrument panel (cm)16

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1312
Head
HIC-1570
Peak gs at hard contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)6
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm)18
Femur (kN)
Left4.2
Right0.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left9
Right2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left2
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.64
Right0.44
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.9
Right0.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left44
Right51

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Chevrolet Cruze was introduced in the 2011 model year as a replacement for the Chevrolet Cobalt. Beginning with 2013 Cruze models, the driver frontal airbag was changed to a simpler, "smart" design, characterized by General Motors as having flexible venting technology.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on two tests conducted by GM as part of frontal crash test verification. The first car was a 2011 model; the second car was also a 2011 model, but the car was retrofitted with the smart airbag used in 2013 production models. As expected, the newer airbag did not contribute to any significant changes in test results. Therefore, the ratings are based on both tests, but vehicle specifications are provided for the Cruze used in the later test.

Injury measures

In each test, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was similar and well controlled in both tests. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2011 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT 4-door
Weight 3,117 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length181 in.
Width71 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 35 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1005VTF1122
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)13
Left (cm)107
Center (cm)74
Right (cm)21
Brake pedal (cm)31
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)-10
Right (cm)-10
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-1-2
Rearward (cm)56
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)01

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1005VTF1122
Head
HIC-15182424
Peak gs at hard contactno contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)6 16
Maximum Nij 0.33 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)35 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.3 0.7
Femur force - right (kN)1.0 1.2
Knee displacement - left (mm)4 2
Knee displacement - right (mm)3 2
Maximum tibia index - left0.54 0.33
Maximum tibia index - right0.41 0.43
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.82.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.12.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left5648
Right8051

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Chevrolet Cruze was introduced in the 2011 model year as a replacement for the Chevrolet Cobalt.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2011 Chevrolet Cruze 2LT 4-door
Weight 3,158 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length181 in.
Width71 in.
Engine1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES1013
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-15.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES1013
Head HIC-15289
Neck
Tension (kN)0.9
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)36
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)34
Average deflection (mm)33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.68
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.67
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.2
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)4.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)132
A-P moment (Nm) -30

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES1013
Head HIC-15146
Neck
Tension (kN)0.5
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)19
Lateral force (kN)0.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)24
Average deflection (mm)22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.30
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.37
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)1.2
Combined force (kN)1.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)61
A-P moment (Nm) -19

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,143 lbs
Peak force15,944 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.07
Tested vehicle
Rating applies to both the Chevrolet Cruze (tested) and the structurally similar Buick Verano.
2011 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)30
Distance below top of head (mm)20
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.0
Head contact time (ms)53
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)3
Max neck tension (N)261

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