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Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Focus, Sedan
#1 of 76 Cobalt vs. Focus
Nov 25, 2004 (3:44 am)
Let's discuss these all new (Chevy) and refreshed (Ford) domestic sedans.
Nov 26, 2004 (2:25 pm)
Not enough meaningful data yet on the Cobalt to make much of a comparison other than the fact that I think Chevy blew it big time by not offering a hatchback version.
Nov 29, 2004 (7:54 pm)
Cause hatches sell like hotcakes. Take the Malibu Maxx for example.
Dec 02, 2004 (10:45 am)
I actually know nothing about how the Maxx is selling.. personally I think it is pretty butt ugly, but 5 door hatches certainly are popular enough that most of Chevy's competitors offer one.
Dec 06, 2004 (3:57 pm)
Maxx is being way outsold by the Malibu Sedan. Maxx forum confirms this.
Dec 07, 2004 (8:14 am)
Of course the Malibu is in a different category than the Cobalt and will in general attract a different buyer. The younger crown in general tend not to be turned off by hatchbacks. Still I think Chevy might be selling a reasonable number of Maxx's, even with the weird styling and the odd shifter.
#7 of 76 Colbalt vs. Focus vs. others
Dec 13, 2004 (1:51 pm)
The real winner here (to me) seems to be the Mazda3. It Looks better than either the Cobalt or the Focus, and in form, has more power (with the exception of the Cobalt SS).
The Cobalt's interior looks promising, if a bit generic. The 05 Focus interior is just embarrassing - bland, and with HORRIBLE seat fabrics. Ford uses decent fabric in the Escape XLS, and they should have used it here. I'm also NOT a fan of the Focus' pot-bellied dashboard stereo. If it stick out that far, make it into a flow-through console.
On the outside, the cobalt reminds me a little of the direction Nissan took the maxima when it lost its way in the 90's. Kind of round, but not really inspired by much. The doors, especially around the C pillar, really really emphasize the globular nature of the Cobalt. The Focus fares better, but still has a few to many lines and bumps IMO.
#8 of 76 Re: Colbalt vs. Focus vs. others [dieselg4]
Dec 19, 2004 (10:31 pm)
you hit the nail on the head here about the mazda3. it's based on the next generation focus (the one in europe, not the one here).
Dec 20, 2004 (10:46 am)
Agreed, and in fact all the Japanese and Korean small car makers... We will have to see about the Cobalt, but Ford needs to realize that if they are going to remain competitive in the small car market they can't just do face lifts every 5 years; they have to do complete redesigns. The fact that they did a redesign and we are not getting it is even worse.
#10 of 76 Re: Colbalt vs. Focus vs. others [dieselg4]
Jan 05, 2005 (8:35 am)
agreed on that. the mazda 3 is a no brainer. as far as the cobalt goes, it kinda looks like a cavalier to me. anyone no if its based on the same platform?