The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze aims at the heart of the small-car market—meaning models like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Elantra.
Both the Corolla and Civic are longtime best-sellers with loads of name recognition, so Chevy faces a hurdle in that way.
But the Cruze is more refined and comfortable than either of those models; its feature set and value for the money is also well ahead of those two models.
It's also noticeably more refined than the Corolla.
The Civic has more responsive handling and a sportier feel overall, though its interior appointments now look and feel cut-rate compared to much of the class.
The Jetta is perhaps the worthiest rival to the Cruze—if VW shoppers were to give the Cruze a chance—as it has a comparably hefty, secure feel, an isolated ride, and a top-notch interior.
The Ford Focus (along with the Mazda3) are both sportier alternatives to the Cruze.
Also, the new Suzuki Kizashi is just a little larger than the Cruze, and also has a sportier look and feel, as well as crisper handling, though its mileage isn't nearly as good.
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