It's not made for that, but rather for delivering four people comfortably, five only in a pinch, on a minimal outlay for fuel and monthly payments, a transportation appliance in the longtime Chevrolet mold of the Corvair, the Vega, the Chevette, the Monza, and most recently the Cavalier. A 4-speed auto tran is also available. Fittingly, it's matched to a heavy-duty five-speed manual gearbox only. This is Chevrolet's attempt to offer the kind of equipment, power, value and price that competes directly against the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Ford Focus. Problems with a stuck ignition key, blind spots, and a small backseat top the list of complaints.
If you're looking for inexpensive, high-value transportation with a new-car warranty, Cobalt is worth a long look. The 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Base sedan is all-new this year. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. But power will be from a 2. Standard seating 5 Exterior Length 180.
The Cobalt replaced both the Cavalier and the Prizm as Chevrolet's compact car. The exact text will differ depending on the actual application you have running. And free is good, right? Chevrolet has put what feels like hundreds of dollars worth of special door seals, sandwich steel panels, thick carpets and pads, noise blockers and noise absorbers throughout the front, middle and rear of the car, and normal front-seat conversation is possible at speeds over 90 mph. When we mentioned our Ion misgivings to Doug Parks, Cobalt chief engineer, he groaned. The engine is the same -- a 145-hp, 2. The rear structure is designed to withstand a 50mph impact to help protect the fuel tank. Traction control and side curtain airbags are optional.
Chevrolet is no longer trying to cover the whole bottom of the market with one model. Stronger brakes and shocks and larger anti-sway bars also improve performance. Boy, did we do a butt plant on that prediction! Faulty ignition switches in the Cobalts, which cut power to the car while in motion, were eventually linked to many crashes resulting in fatalities, starting with a teenager in 2005 who drove her new Cobalt into a tree. But oftentimes a car with top-notch track performance does not work so well in the real world. There are also reports of stalling.
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The Cobalt has to be better than competing small cars to get the market to notice. Cobalt is heavier, longer, wider and lower than most of its direct competitors, its engine is the most powerful base engine in the class, and its interior dimensions and trunk capacity are close to the competition in every respect. Our noisy Ion didn't have the cast alloy oil pan that stiffens, and therefore quiets, the engine's structure. Specifications The front suspension is independent with MacPherson struts, while a semi-independent torsion beam is used in the rear. Things are different now in another way. Suspension, f: independent, MacPherson strut Suspension, r: semi-independent, torsion beam Ground clearance: 6. It's the real deal, with 205 supercharged horsepower under the hood, a finely-tuned suspension, and a degree of refinement not expected from an American entry in the sport-compact class.
He nods toward a large and deeply sculpted plastic cover over the Ecotec four, backed by noise-eating foam. It was also a rackety little bastard of a four-door that our road-test editor passed around to staffers as penance for past offenses. It would have been cheaper to use the same balance shafts in both engines, at a small sacrifice in smoothness. It's not a lot, but certainly more than some economy subcompacts give you. OnStar, satellite radio, and a sunroof are available as options. Side curtain airbags, traction control, and foglights are extra. We were impressed by the Chevy Vega in a 1970 drive of engineering cars much like this Cobalt jaunt.
Attention to detail shows in the use of hydraulic ride bushings and standard stabilizer bars in all models, and all feature long travel to maximize comfort. The standard engine for both is a 140-hp, 2. The five-speed gearbox is a good match, with slick, quick linkage and well-chosen ratios. The recall is only for states in the southern part of the U. The rear spoiler can cause blind spots. Chevrolet says the Cobalt is the quietest, stiffest, strongest, most refined small car it has ever built, and after a test drive, we give them high marks on almost all counts. Cobalt features an expressive design and a dynamic driving experience.
They're exotic fluid-filled, two-chamber hydraulic dampers. Interior Features Inside the Cobalt, the design theme is simple and straightforward, but far from the el cheapo appointments of the old Cavalier. The United States Environmental Protection Agency classifies the Cobalt as a subcompact car. And it got plenty of approving looks and comments. The large trunk fits 14 cubic feet of storage and comes standard with a cargo net. The trunk is wide and deep with a low liftover height, and almost 14 cubic feet of capacity, more than competitive in the class.
But this is the Lutz era, and the Cobalt will have the magic bushings. The sporty version of the Chevrolet's new front-wheel drive coupe also dresses up its package with chrome exhaust, rocker panels, and ground effects. The coupe bears a stronger resemblance in its shape to the Cavalier than the sedan, which has a new and more modern roofline sweep. Other changes include a new console, new steering wheel and new radio head unit that features an audio input jack. Both were replaced by the 2. It didn't have the stiffened transmission attachment, either.