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Chevrolet Cobalt

The Chevrolet Cobalt is a compact car that was produced between 2005 and 2010. It superseded the Chevrolet Prizm and Cavalier and was assembled in the U.S. and Mexico. In 2009, the car itself was replaced by the Cruze model.

The Chevrolet Cobalt, based on the Delta platform, was constructed in 2 body styles – a coupe and 4-door sedan (the latter was nearly 50 pounds heavier). The car has interesting design both outside and inside. Its image stick in memory long after you saw the model on the road. Besides, it’s pretty comfortable despite its compactness and fuel-efficient.

Exterior

Little, if anything, changed for the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt in terms of styling. Most features were taken over from the previously produced model meaning that today it looks even more outdated and cannot be compared to newer vehicles by other manufacturers.

The compact car exploits a rigid body structure that makes handling easier, ride more stable, and durability longer. The Chevrolet Cobalt 4-door sedan is 180.3 inches long, 67.9 inches wide, and 57.1 inches high with the 103.3 inches wheelbase.

Interior & Comfort

The Chevrolet Cobalt’s interior design is rather straightforward. There really is contemporary flavour in it. Still, the car cannot rival some other vehicles such as the Honda Civic for example. Although the cabin is well finished, there’s too much plastic used that makes it look somewhat cheap. To diversify the interior, some controls and dials are chrome.

The Chevrolet Cobalt is 5-seater. Despite its modest dimensions, the Chevrolet Cobalt provides unexpectedly generous space for all the travellers although some issues with the cushions’ supportiveness and easy access to the rear seats may emerge. A driver and front-seat passenger enjoy comfortable bucket seats and plenty of head, elbow, and leg room there as do those sitting at the back (there are 60/40 rear seats).

The dashboard contains logically arranged controls but some of them could have been larger and more legible. Visibility is definitely the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt’s strong point as well as a commanding view of the road it offers. Furthermore, the car’s suspension prevents its passengers from feeling all the humps and dents on the road (still, the most horrible ones cannot be completely mitigated).

As for excessive noise, the Chevrolet Cobalt demonstrates good results, sometimes even better than other models in the segment. Wind and noise from the road are almost unheard while engine’s roar can penetrate into the cabin a little bit. The car’s compactness comes in handy on narrows roads and in tight spots with a turning radius of 37.4 feet.

Powertrain & Fuel Economy

The 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt comes in 4 trims: the Base, LS, LT, and SS. Transmissions available include 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic ones.

The Cobalt base, LS, and LT models are powered by a 2.2-litre I4 engine that generates 155 hp and 150 lb/ft of torque. Although it isn’t the one of the highest performance, it’s quite appropriate for commuting and daily round. When the engine is mated to a manual gearbox, it’s estimated to cover 25 mpg city and 37 mpg hwy. With an auto one, it returns 24 mpg city and 33 mpg hwy.

The Chevrolet Cobalt SS is propelled by a 2.0-litre I4 turbocharged engine. It produces 260 hp and the same rate of torque. Fuel efficiency figures are better than average: 22 mpg city and 30 mpg hwy.

Equipment

The 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt offers a long list of standard and optional equipment. Features your car can have, depending on a trim level, count a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel; power rear-window defroster, windows, and mirrors; keyless entry; and air conditioner. An infotainment system is represented by GM’s OnStar system, XM Satellite Radio, and driver information centre.

Among options are 16-inch alloy/aluminium wheels, rear-spoiler, keyless ignition, cruise control, and 4-speed auto transmission. Apart from this, you can order heated leather seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and a power sunroof. AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, USB/Bluetooth connectivity, and OnStar system are also on the list.

Safety

As crash tests show, the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt is the safest in terms of front impact driver and passenger’s protection but when it’s about front and rear side impact protection, the car performs worse.

The Chevrolet Cobalt is equipped with side curtain airbags and traction control by default. Depending on a trim level you opt for, you can obtain anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control. In addition, a commanding driving position and impressive visibility also make the Chevrolet Cobalt a safe car.

You should know that some Cobalt models were recalled due to failing to meet safety requirements: interior trim of some of them was lacking in padding while some models had issues with power steering. Malfunctioning ignition switches in the Cobalt cars caused 13 deaths. The automaker didn’t recall the models equipped with the defective switch for more than a decade that’s why the NHTSA had to charge them $35 million for this.

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