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My 2016 GEN2 Cruze has 9005 bulbs in the headlight. I noticed the 2017's use 9012 bulbs which are supposed to be better ( H.I.R. bulbs instead of standard halogen bulbs). It looks like the 9012's will fit in the 2016 headlamp socket, and if not, the tabs on the bulb can be trimmed so they will fit. But the receptacle plug is also keyed differently, so that would need to be changed - no big job, they are readily available.

Would changing to the 9012's be worth it ? There must have been a reason why GM made the change. The 9012 bulbs cost a lot more than the 9005's , but are suppose to throw more light and last longer.
 

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Thank you Maven !! I think I will be converting to the 9011's. I'm always looking for a little more illumination, short of installing spot lights. I did that on my Sonic with a bulb number change.

I have noticed the difference in the top tabs between the 9011/9012 and the 9005. Easy to mod the 9011/9012 to fit since the tabs are plastic.
 
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