Welcome acollins24! Hopefully you decide that Chevy is better than Ford, lol. I was pro-Japanese only, but actually impressed with the cobalt. My first opinion was that it was a re-modeled and badged Cavalier, but Chevy has proven me wrong. Quite a decent car, quiet, throaty, and functionality is superb.
Far as the Cruze goes, I have heard they offer a turbo version, but only in automatic. Maybe something to check out. I would suggest try testing out a cobalt, it may surprise you with what its got for the little sticker price.