I was pleasantly surprised with my experience with renting a Chevy Cruze over a 4 day trip.
I've rented a lot of cars over the years - even a few sports cars - and this was the most enjoyable of them all.
To summarize, you get a lot of bang for the buck. What's really surprising is that I've driven GM econo-cars in the past, and they were truly awful, creaky cars. Not so with this one. The fit, finish and overall quality was really high. The doors closed solidly and quietly. No rattles. The interior was really well laid-out as well. The interior was also amazingly quiet. Perhaps one of the quietest cars I've driven.
I think what I liked best was the way it handled. Now - granted I currently own two old, dilapidated cars, but to me at least the Cruz was a really peppy, energetic, and well handling car. The engine makes a nice satisfying growl when you punch the gas. The transmission feels really tight and precise. The suspension was very responsive. The car was also so quiet that I would accidentally be going 75MPH and not actually realize it.
Lastly, it got great fuel economy. I was getting close to 40MPG, even though I wasn't driving it exactly very conservatively.
Bottom line, this is a good car for the money, and a good car in general.