Not surprised at the review from C&D. We test drove a Civic and a new Focus, and we were not impressed with either of those, when compared to the Cruze. I left the decision up to the wife since we bought it for her, and she chose the Cruze. I was surprised at the comments she had after driving each. She noticed how the focus had a much harsher drive over small inputs like expansion joints and the seats were not as comfortable, she noticed that the Focus had a lot of engine noise in the passenger compartment that the Cruze didn't have. She noticed tire noises and the wind noise in the Civic. All this from a woman that can't hear brakes grinding or feel the tire vibration when a wheel weight comes off.