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Chevrolet finally found the correct formula for building a smart-looking, comfortable compact car. The interior was spacious, quiet and nicely turned out and trunk room was near or at the top of its class. The Cruze also handled quite competently on twisty and/or bumpy roads. The six-speed manual transmission shifted smoothly with a minimum of clutch effort and the six-speed automatic also performed well. The two available gas engines were thrifty runners, as was the fuel-stretching turbo-diesel.