Rodney Dangerfield built a successful comedy career on the premise that he never got any respect. Compact, economical Chevrolet sedans haven’t gotten much respect over the years, either, and until recently this dearth of esteem was deserved. However, just in the past half decade, Chevy has gotten pretty good at building small cars.
Take the 2015 Cruze, for example. You may have long ago dismissed this car as just another cheap piece of junk in a long line of cheap pieces of junk from Chevrolet. However, the Cruze is so much better than a Cobalt, or a Cavalier, or a Citation, or a Monza, or a Vega (the list is a long one, yes?). In fact, if you rent one like I did, bother to clean it up a little bit, and then spend 600 miles driving it, you might find yourself in the airport return line thinking, “You know, that wasn’t half bad.”