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Chevrolet Cobalt, Coupe, Sedan
May 03, 2005 (12:32 pm)
A writer with a national magazine is writing an article on 8 cars that are under $20K for families on a budget or as a 2nd or 3rd car. He is looking for parents with young children who have recently purchased or are planning to purchase any one of the following vehicles: VW Jetta the new “Value Edition”, Chevy Cobalt (with SAB), Mitsubishi Galant, Toyota Matrix, Pontiac Vibe, Ford Focus Wagon, Honda Element, Kia Sorento or Dodge Caravan. The writer would like to know if they like it, dislike it, what are the family-style features and what kind of deal did you get on the car? If you fit what the writer is looking for, please email your responses to kholguinedmunds.com by May 13, 2005.
May 03, 2005 (1:56 pm)
Cobalt - 22,76
#1074 of 2240 Re: I test drove a Cobalt... [micweb]
May 03, 2005 (3:16 pm)
I'd like to correct my posting. The website I initially looked at indicated a weight for the Cobalt of about 3200 pounds. This website must have been in error; since then other websites have been showing 2800 pounds, slightly heavier than some other cars this size (like the Neon and Cavalier) but certainly not in Malibu territory.
#1075 of 2240 Re: My new Chevy Cobalt amongst the current competition... [gkxp]
May 03, 2005 (3:23 pm)
Great post based on an enviable record of experience! Makes me want to try a Cobalt again. Impressive side impact test results....
#1076 of 2240 Cobalt sales in April
May 04, 2005 (2:41 pm)
are way up - 22,700+ units sold. Sales must be reflecting the excellent side impact ratings. I think buyers are realizing this vehicle is a real contender in its class.
Chevrolet car sales as a whole are up 7.6% for 2005 year to date (January thru April).
May 04, 2005 (6:15 pm)
The Cobalt could be a top compact seller if things keep going like this.
May 04, 2005 (8:55 pm)
With all of the negative press about GM, they could really use a "home run". It looks like the Cobalt is just.
May 04, 2005 (9:42 pm)
The Coblalt SS still isnt out yet? I have yet to see one if they have are. Although i am in the middle of nowhere going to college in VT. Almost done though, one week. anyways. i think it is rediculous that its not out yet. i remember seeing commercials saying the ss was goin to be re;eased for production late fall of 04. i am looking forward to the ss but it is just takin way to long.
May 05, 2005 (5:49 am)
SS Supercharged is out. Not very many though. My local dealer in the Detroit area just got their first one.
The SS sedan and coupe with the 2.4 Ecotec come out this summer.
#1081 of 2240 Re: My new Chevy Cobalt amongst the current competition... [ron_m]
May 05, 2005 (6:47 pm)
Hello Ron, I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner!
1)The steering on the Cobalt is tighter than the steering was in my Cavalier and it does seem to get tighter on the highway. One other thing I noticed with the steering is that when turning the wheels at very slow speed (backing out of a parking space, parallel parking, etc.) unlike most other cars, you really don't hear anything from the power steering (no whining, sounds). The handling is very good on the Cobalt, but to counter that the ride is not harsh. It kind of reminds me of a perfect blend of the previous Honda Civic's handling (with no go-kart like rough ride though) and a Toyota Corolla's current smooth ride. You will have no trouble in emergency handling, there is no floatiness in the handling of the Cobalt, the handling is tight.
2)The room inside the Cobalt is amazing! It honestly feels to me as though this car should be in the mid-size class (I also think this car may bite a bit into the new Malibu sales as it is nearly as roomy in the front although the Malibu has more room in the rear seats). There is just the right amount of extra space all around me and I am 6'1" and 275Lbs. so I am used to being a little cramped in the compact class, but not with this Cobalt. Room is definitely one of its best features.
3)I am convinced that GM makes one of the best automatic transmissions not only in terms of shift quality (shifts are barely perceivable) but in terms of getting the maximum power out of an engine with an AT and this car is fast. I wouldn't drive my own Cobalt like this, but let's just say that the rental left several rubber burns at stoplights!). This car is fully capable of burnouts.
Another thing about that (tough driving) is after many redline runs in the Cobalt I rented, when I would come to a stop the car was as refined as though I had just driven it like a Grandma (the RPM Needle was steady and the engine was smooth). Very reminiscent to me of the engine/engineering quality of my friend's Acura Integra GSR and some of the full-throttle driving (racing) we did with his VTEC Engine!
I call my new Cobalt my "Mini-Max", because that is exactly what it feels like to me, a smaller version of my wife's Nissan Maxima SE. Well-Engineered, Elegant, Fast and Luxurious.