I think GM has changed direction. I think they have decided that they cannot beat the imports with American cars. Look at the Cruze. It looks like something that Toyota or Mazda would have made. IMHO they have decided to start building imports, to jump on the bandwagon. What better way to do that than to bash the cars they used to make?
I want to see their precious little cruze get the mpg that I get from my balt, and still have the 148 HP I have when I want it.
It probably will get better, I mean, it's rated at 36 for the normal model - and the Eco should be 40+, and probably attain more than that. Technology helps there...
Honestly, the Cobalt is pretty decent quality when compared to other vehicles in the same segment - people just seem to talk out their ass about the car when they have absolutely no room to speak.
We had a Corolla here at work in March, and it was absolutely pathetic, the cluster hood grain felt literally like sandpaper, and the patchwork effect was awful - not to mention the terrible gap size and consistency, along with flushness inconsistencies. The civic isn't much better.
Honestly, from a standpoint of someone who works with interiors every day (I actually work in perceived quality, so I look at how consumers will view the interior), the Cobalt has a good interior for the segment. And the drivetrain of the car is very reliable, that's for sure.
I love my little Balt!