The Cruze absolutely exceeds my expectations.
The engine, while only a 1.8L, has more than enough power for me (and I have owned 2 Camaros and a 300ZX Turbo).
I got the LS 6 speed manual transmission. Not because I'm cheap, but I simply don't see the value in most 'extras'.
I'm only 2 weeks into owning this car but so far, it was a great decision.
PS - Do NOT let them talk you into the GM warranty.
You have up to 12 mo/12K to buy it, and it doesn't do anything until year 4 anyway.
There is a GM dealer in the SW that will write it up on line for under $1500, not the $2500-3500 the dealer finance scum will try to talk you into.
Love the body style and interior for a sub $20K car.
Tons of truck space and even rear seat leg room when adults are in the front seats.
There's simply nothing bad to say about this vehicle.
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