This review is about a 5 day rental on a 2012 Cruze.
I'd recently rented a 2013 Toyota Corolla, and the Cruze outclassed it 10 to 1. In drivability, interior quality, fuel economy, ride, and looks.
The Cruze had 42,000 miles on it when I turned it in, and there was not a squeak or rattle anywhere that I could hear. I loved the 1.4 liter turbo engine, which had lots of torque when it revved, and scored 38 MPG on the highway averaging 70+ miles per hour. The interior was classy, sporty and well laid out. The standard radio had a nice sound, and the dash readout had lots of information like MPG, average speed, etc.
One of the most impressive aspects of the Cruze was the quiet and smooth ride. Amazing for a compact car. I drive a mid-size daily, and would not feel penalized switching to this Cruze based on ride and quietness. It felt solid and composed on the highway.
Corollas have stellar reliability, so if this Chevy holds up, then GM has really scored with this little car. Consumer Reports shows that since its launch, it's improving.