2007 Chevrolet Cobalt LX from North America


Annoying at best, dangerous for most

General Comments:

I've been driving a Cobalt for two weeks, since my car was stolen, and I can say that this is one of the worst offerings from the US domestic auto market. With no armrests and poor layout, it's uncomfortable at best. Visibility is limited by thick awkward columns, and over sized trim making this a dangerous car to drive as well. Road noise is deafening on the highway. No power windows or locks on the basic model render this model annoyingly inconvenient. The auto headlights are also annoying making a simple procedure like flashing your lights to signal semis to change lanes a chore. Drive this car, and you'll be convinced to buy a Honda Civic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th December, 2007

20th Dec 2007, 18:59

You are driving a rental and a base model at that, quit whining about the armrests and power windows, you should have a death grip on the steering wheel if it is so dangerous to drive.

Oversized trim? Thick colums? The outward view is no worse than my 06 Nissan Sentra (totaled last year) that the Cobalt replaced. The road noise is no higher than any other compact and is less than many including my Sentra and the Civic that I drove before I bought the Cobalt. My wife and I have a easier conversation now on trips.

Again, I don't have any trouble with the visibility of my Cobalt and I have a coupe - you're just not used to the car and you blame the car for that. Leave the truckers alone, they can change lanes without your help.

Why spend the extra $4,000 to $5,000 for a Corolla or Civic? I researched them on here and some other websites. The new models don't appear to be any more reliable than my Cobalt and aren't made in Japan anymore. The glory days of Japanese reliability from the 80s and 90s are over, IMHO.

The original review isn't appropriate, he doesn't own the car and has a padoga sized chip on his shoulder.

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt LT 2.4 from North America


Great little car to own and drive



General Comments:

Awesome little car with lots of power. 32 MPG average is not bad either. Comfort lacks a little, but I can deal with that. A few more seat controls would fix that problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2007

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt LS from North America


Decent car, interior needs work



General Comments:

I had a Cobalt LS for 18 days as a rental car in Alaska in August/September 2007. Overall, I thought the car was pretty good. The one I had was an LS four-door sedan. I'm guessing that this one was a pretty basic model since it had no power windows or door locks. This is a pretty small car, but I thought that the inside was adequately comfortable. I never sat in the backseat, so I can't comment on the comfort of the backseat. The drivers side seat was comfortable and the seating position was good. The upholstery on the seats was not the best looking cloth, but not too ugly. I was amazed at the room in the trunk. Tons of room, and really deep.

I never bothered to calculate the mpg I got with the car, but I think it was quite good. Even with the automatic transmission, the car had good acceleration. I was satisfied with the amount of power it had. The handling and steering seemed a little vague and sloppy, but was not too bad overall.

The things that I noticed right away that I didn't like was the unpleasant finish on the dashboard and doors. The dashboard and the plastic on the doors was made of rock-hard plastic with a very rough, sandpaper-like texture. Now, I know that people don't spend a lot of time touching dashboards, but this one not only felt awful, but it looked cheap and nasty. Having that nasty, rough plastic on the doors is uncomfortable when your arm comes into contact with it. The steering wheel was made out of cheap plastic (?) that was very hard with very little "give". The handle molded into the drivers door had a kind of sharp "edge" that really dug into my thigh when I had my left foot up by the seat while I drove.

Overall, I thought the car was not a bad mode of transportation. The impression I got was of a decent car that seemed a little unrefined on the interior. Based purely on what I experienced, if I were in the market for a new car, I would consider getting a Cobalt, provided it had a nicer interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th September, 2007

24th Sep 2007, 20:16

I just wanted to say that I couldn't agree with you more. I got to sit in a 2008 Cobalt LS on a Sunday when the lot was closed... and I was shocked at the cheapness of the steering wheel and especially the seats. Even the base Corolla has a durable velour and a foam-padded steering wheel! The seats felt narrow on my wide hips and it was a slick cloth thinner than my bedsheets! It's been so long since I've owned a Chevrolet, albeit one in name only (Nova), that maybe this is normal for them. I haven't seen or tried to sit in an upper grade Cobalt, but it has no place to go, but up. A shame, too, because Cobalt is about 100X better looking than its cousin Ion and seems very well put-together for a small Chevy. Definitely go for the LTZ if you can find one. By the way, getting into the back of the Cobalt was about the same as getting in my '98 Corolla; tight, but not impossible even for a big gal. A single woman, like me, would like this car.