Umm...those cars start at 25k. Not 20. And not to mention, and for how much NICER the Cruze is, absolutely.
And not to mention - there's nothing that says it has to cost more than the LTZ. I'd prefer it be offered as a more base model, with options to upgrade - because the base model is still nicer than a Cobalt.
Go to your local chevy lot, look around, an LTZ is 25K around here, I doubt it'd be much different anywhere else, especially in states with state and city taxes too... You are asking GM to take an already over priced car and add Track proven suspension, Brakes, Transmission, Engine and then the "necessary" body enhancements... On top of what they would have to redo in the interior, like different seats, and a new dash upholstery. I doubt very much that the Cruze "SS" would cost less than a Drop Top Camaro (which is already set at 30K)...
Just check out this page http://www.chevrolet.com/pages/mds/p...untyCode=12069
Notice the little spot underneath the cruze pricing and all other cars!..."Starting price after all cash offers."
It's funny that when you click on the Cruze LTZ build your own it "starts out" at 22K, but as soon as you click on it, you are at 23K and if you want it in black or red, you add on an additional $200-$325 then you add tax/tag/title into the mix and holy smokes, look at that, 25K!!! wow, I must be an idiot!, oh wait, there is one option on the LTZ, the "RS" package, which gm list on their site what it has with it, it does say it is an additional $625, so now you are at $25,5xx