I test drove the Cruze last weekend, an Automatic with the Turbo, and yawn...
I tried the manual shift mode out and that left a lot to be desired. And the pick up was way under what I was expecting. From a stop, foot to the floor, you got several sequences of odd noises, like an old person struggeling to get up some stairs. Then after a few seconds the care would start to move, and get up over 30 mph. The ride was choppy, and while there was ok power to move from 50 mph to 65 mph, it still wasnt a ton of power.
Overall the interior felt cheap, oddly not as cheap as the Camaros interior.
On an upside, it is better than the Cobalt, it has tons of room, tons of airbags, and does look good.
No I do not drive a V8 Super Charged Triple Turbo Super Car, my only car is a '07 Pontiac G6 I4 2.4L, so I was going from really big and slow to the Cruze which was slower and smaller and more expensive, so I was disappointed. My mom has a '06 Saab 9-3 Turbo and to be honest I was hoping for something alteast close to that, given this was a 2011 and GM should have atleast some ex-Saab employees, I figured they could have mode something a little better.
I would likely save 1/2 the money and buy a used V6 G6 instead.