It wasn’t long ago that the Detroit Three were fending off the Japanese on home soil as the Land of the Rising Sun cranked out reliable car after reliable car for the American masses. Then came the Koreans — Kia and Hyundai — who brought over cheap metal to win market share but quickly turned around their quality and reliability woes and produced some of the best products in the industry. So why is it that, after 108 years of building automobiles, General Motors still manufactures abysmal garbage? I’ve driven the first-generation Cruze, and while I never warmed to its exterior design, its interior accoutrements were on par with its competitors — inexpensive without being cheap, comfortable without being luxurious, functional without being spartan. What you see above is the second-generation 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, now available in hatchback form, in base-for-hatchback LT trim. First, let me applaud GM for building a compact hatchback for the first time in decades. I’d say it takes courage to do so if nearly every other automaker hadn’t clued into the coming popularity for hatchbacks first. Still, the new Cruze is a handsome car on the outside that ditches the ungainly h...