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Chevrolet Cobalt

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Overview of the Chevrolet Cobalt

Learn about the Chevrolet Cobalt

Summary

The Chevrolet Cobalt isn’t just an efficient, compact car—it’s known as one of the top cars with good fuel economy. This combined with its low price point makes it a solid choice for first-time car buyers or those on a budget. Know that the car’s no-frills finish isn’t going to be drawing much attention, and there’s sometimes an issue with the ignition switch. While the Cobalt is no longer being manufactured by GM, it’s still a reliable ride overall. You’ll find it as a sedan (four doors) or coupe (two doors), so you can choose the model that suits you.

Safety

Standard safety features from models 2009 and onwards include side curtain airbags and Chevrolet's OnStar Safe & Sound system, which lets you conduct hands-free calling and will connect you with live help if you need emergency services. 

The Cobalt has also received positive government safety ratings. The driver information centre displays up-to-date data about tire pressure and oil so you can stay on top of maintenance. Optional features on models from 2005 and onwards are:

Anti-lock brakes to ensure smooth, safe stops—available on all base models
Cruise control to maintain your speed while remaining at a safe distance away from other vehicles
Side curtain airbags for head protection
Front and rear disk brakes for extra safety and control

Interior

Across all model years, the Cobalt’s plastic trim is designed for cost-effectiveness rather than luxury. The car's comfortable front seats are topped off by a premium cloth finish. The system interface is straightforward and clear, so it’s often a preferred choice for new drivers. Higher trim levels offer air conditioning to keep you cool during humid Canadian summers, as well as the option to replace plastic fittings with leather.

Technology

The Cobalt features a suite of technological features that are functional, if not the most cutting-edge. These include:

  • Satellite radio (standard from 2009)
  • Sophisticated seven-speaker system (on the 2010 only)
  • Bluetooth functionality (optional as of 2009)
  • USB port for connecting devices to the speakers (standard from 2009)
  • Optional navigation system to help you find your way

Space

While the Cobalt has well-supported and roomy front seats, passengers in the back may feel cramped. This makes it a better choice for solo drivers or those transporting only one passenger. Trunk space is also somewhat restricted, so the Cobalt is better at handling the odd gym bag than a load of gear for a camping weekend away. Should you need a bit of extra space, however, the rear seats fold down easily.

Comfort

The Cobalt is engineered to provide a smooth ride with few bumps. That means you can look forward to driving without the jolting and jumping you often get with compact, budget-friendly vehicles. On top of that, the quiet cabin space makes for a peaceful driving experience. If a sportier car is what you’re after, you can upgrade to the SS trim for top-tier performance on the road. Turbocharged and supercharged options let you experiment with an even more responsive, thrilling ride while still staying within the realm of good fuel economy cars.

Pros and cons of the Chevrolet Cobalt

  • Available as sedan or coupe
  • Comfortable, spacious front seating area
  • Good fuel economy
  • No longer in production
  • Faulty ignition switch can be an issue
  • Limited space in rear seats
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Chevrolet Cobalt

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors2
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual
  • City consumption8 - 10.2 L/100km
  • Highway consumption5.4 - 7.4 L/100km
  • Width1725 mm
  • Length4580 - 4584 mm
  • Trunk space394 L
  • Cargo space394 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Chevrolet Cobalt

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Chevrolet Cobalt 2005 - 2010 is available in 8 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Basic trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 145 hp
City consumption:9.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:637 km

Base trim features and specs

Available with the Base trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Base trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the Base trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the Base trim:
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Base trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 145 hp
City consumption:9.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:662 km

SS-Supercharged trim features and specs

Available with the SS-Supercharged trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SS-Supercharged trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the SS-Supercharged trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the SS-Supercharged trim:
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the SS-Supercharged trim:
2 L - Gas - 205 hp
City consumption:10.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.4 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:566 - 588 km

SS-SC trim features and specs

Available with the SS-SC trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SS-SC trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the SS-SC trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the SS-SC trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the SS-SC trim:
2 L - Gas - 205 hp
City consumption:10.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:550 - 573 km

LS trim features and specs

Available with the LS trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Tire repair kit (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LS trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the LS trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the LS trim:
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Radio
3 engines are available with the LS trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 145 hp
City consumption:9.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:637 - 662 km
2.2 L - Gas - 148 hp
City consumption:9.2 - 9.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.9 - 6.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:612 - 636 km
2.2 L - Gas - 155 hp
City consumption:8 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.4 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:717 - 720 km

Sport trim features and specs

Available with the Sport trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Sport trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the Sport trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic traction control
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the Sport trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Satellite radio
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Sport trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 173 hp
City consumption:9.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.2 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:620 km

LT trim features and specs

Available with the LT trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
  • Tire repair kit (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LT trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the LT trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the LT trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Radio
3 engines are available with the LT trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 145 hp
City consumption:9.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:637 km
2.2 L - Gas - 148 hp
City consumption:9.2 - 9.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.9 - 6.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:612 - 636 km
2.2 L - Gas - 155 hp
City consumption:8.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.8 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:680 - 681 km

SS trim features and specs

Available with the SS trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
  • Tire repair kit (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SS trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the SS trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
  • Stability control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the SS trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Radio
3 engines are available with the SS trim:
2 L - Gas - 260 hp
City consumption:9.3 - 9.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.6 - 6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:597 - 604 km
2.4 L - Gas - 171 hp
City consumption:9.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:637 km
2.4 L - Gas - 173 hp
City consumption:9.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:612 km

Frequently asked questions about the Chevrolet Cobalt

The Chevrolet Cobalt is no longer in production in Canada, as it has been replaced by General Motors’ Chevrolet Cruze.

While the Chevrolet Cobalt certainly has a sporty look, it’s more of a compact car than a classic sports car.

The Chevrolet Cobalt has had its fair share of issues in terms of recalls and fuel economy, but its low price often makes up for the negatives.

The last Chevrolet Cobalt was made in 2010. Since then, the Chevrolet Cruze has replaced the Cobalt in the compact car category.

For 15-inch rims, the dimensions are 195-60-15. For 16-inch rims, they’re 205-55-16. For 17-inch rims, the Cobalt’s tire dimensions are 205-50-17.