1st Generation (2011—2015) Cruze Problems

This generations ranks 85th out of 85 Chevrolet generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (18%), engine (17%), and the hvac (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 43 complaints at an average of 66,794 miles in the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.
  2. Anti Freeze Smell in the Car 41 complaints at an average of 29,167 miles in the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.
  3. Complete Loss of Electrical 10 complaints at an average of 50,313 miles in the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze.

What Cruze Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 2011 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2015 25 4 835 11.51
2014 126 7 1167 32.69
2013 110 5 1189 42.97
2012 224 7 1166 49.06
2011 354 7 1068 83.55

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