There's more to it than just the engine/trans also. I have a 2006 VW 1.9 turbo with factory charge air cooler and automatic. Gets 46 combined and 50 highway. I drive 60-65 mph which puts it right at it's torque sweet spot of 2000 rpm. This car has 187000 miles and looks and drives like new. No rust starting at all. It uses no oil in an 8000 mi oil change with synthetics since new. Also , just as an example, the front control arms are made of 3/16 "I" stock instead of stamped "tin" like I'm sure the Cruze will come with. The underside of this engine / trans is absolutely DRY with no oil or TF leaks what so ever. It drives and steers/handles as tight now as a new Cruze will. Tried and true against a first year offering??? No brainer there!!! Guarrantee it is NOT an existing engine just borrowed! May have started out as a "Fiat" etc but you know what happens when the bean counters at GM call the shots. Go with the VW !!! Buying American, in cars, is nothing more than a catch phrase anymore. VW worked out their "bugs" long time ago. You wanna be GM's next ginnea pig??