I chose the Cruze because I felt it had a better look than most other cars of the same price. Also, it performs very well. Both my fiancee and I have one. I had checked out the Honda civic prior to looking at the Cruze. I didn't like how the civic handled and how noisy it was inside. Also, I did not like how Honda had their pricing set-up. I had a 1997 supercharged Buick Riviera...now that was a fun car...it was time for a new car. This is my first Chevy and I have been very pleased with the overall performance so far.