2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LT1 4dr 2.2L 4 cylinder 148 hp from North America
A great little car despite the hard plastic used inside!
I've had the car for one month. Not one thing has gone wrong since I drove it off the lot.
The driver side rear plastic covering over the door looked out of place, but I managed to put it back in place like it's supposed to be.
Sometimes the rear power windows don't work, but I'm not worried about it because I rarely use them.
It's been a comfortable car to drive, but I gave comfort marks a 7 instead of 10 because of the rather hard plastic on the center panel. I've had my right leg kinda pressed against it and I've hated it. I put something soft between the leg and the panel, like a washrag, and it helped, but this contact issue is all but gone since I moved the seat back another notch. I prefer to be closer for better comfort and control of the car, but I'm learning to get used to it from... afar, so to speak.
Aside from the leg contact issue, which many might find silly, the car has been great to drive. The seat has been very comfortable, more so than that of my old car, the '98 Malibu. I said in my Malibu review that its driver seat's lumbar support was fixed and not adjustable at all, but the Cobalt's is indeed adjustable, with a notched knob below the seat on front right side. The Cobalt's color is Sport Red Tintcoat, a shade I understand was extra cost according to Chevy's literature.
I'm back to 4-cylinder after having driven (and enjoyed too, of course) a V6. The Cobalt's 2.2L has been very economical I'd say, but I've found it isn't quite as spirited as I thought it'd be given my previous 4-cylinder experiences. I'm not one to put it down as long as it works for me.
Gas mileage has been great, approx. 28 mpg combined. I averaged 32 on an interstate highway trip. Its average mpg on its Driver Information Center showed 21.x when I took delivery of it last month. I'd say it's appalling, but it's gone up. Now it shows around 26. This car was a rental, so that probably explains its low mpg figure.
The Cobalt, being an LT1 model, has more standard stuff I like, like power windows, locks, cruise control, keyless, etc. I also like its Driver Information Center which shows its tires' air pressure, mpg info, to list some. I admit its fuel range has tempted me to go farther before my next fillup! Great stereo too, except it's a bit strong for my taste. Hopefully I can adjust it when I review the manual to figure out how.
If the leg contact with the center plastic panel hits a bit close to home for you when you're looking for a new car, keep on looking. Otherwise, I definitely recommend this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th March, 2009
7th Mar 2009, 08:54
I used to own a 2004 Honda Civic EX. It also had a hard plastic dash and center console. There were a FEW pieces of soft plastic on the door armrest and a swath across the dash where a person might contact it. But other than that, the entire interior was nice but hard plastic. I've seen the Cobalt interior and thought it was comparable.
14th Apr 2016, 07:08
Update: I posted the review here. I traded in the Cobalt after 3 years for a Chevy Malibu, an '11. The Cobalt was very good and gave me very little trouble save for having the power windows fixed. I'd keep it for a few more years, but the lack of driving comfort bugged me so much I decided to go for a bigger car once it's paid off. I felt much better with the Malibu (will review it here also).