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Chevrolet Cobalt

If you are looking for a fuel efficient, economically priced car then the Chevrolet Cobalt is a vehicle that you should consider. The Cobalt has a marred past that may hinder your inhibitions to purchase one, but if you are certain of the vehicles repair history, then the low price point and great fuel efficiency of the Cobalt may be enough to win you over. CARFAX can help you find specific information about the Cobalt including make and model specifications, safety ratings, features, and information about unique available pre-owned vehicles.

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Used Chevrolet Cobalt: In Depth


2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
It's overall a very good car especially for students and singles. Interiors are absolutely pleasures. Exterior design too is great and jazzy. Engine too is not at all bad when you compare it with civic etc but it's transmission system sucks. It seems Chevy just learnt how to make auto transmission. But if you se it frequently and properly you can enjoy it very


The 2005 Cobalt was the first model sold, and was offered as a coupe or a sedan. It is available in three trim options, SS, LS, and LT. Excluding the SS model, the Cobalt comes equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out an impressive 145 horsepower. The SS trim option comes standard with a 2.4-liter Ecotec inline-4 (I4) engine.

The 2007, second generation, Cobalt saw a major computer upgrade as three more horses were added to all of the models, with the exception of the SS model. The interior was also touched up with a modern steering wheel, radio controls, and an audio input jack. It's important to note that the 2007 and earlier model Cobalts did not have the best safety features. These model years lacked standard side-curtain airbags, which caused the Cobalt to receive poor marks for safety.

The third, and final, generation of the Cobalt began in the year 2008. This model has better fuel efficiency at 25 city and 36 highway mpg. This is also the first year that the Cobalt was came with XM radio, side-impact air bags, MP3 capability, StabilTrak stability control, and new interior and exterior colors were offered as standard features for all Cobalts.

In 2009, the preexisting "Sport" name for the Cobalt was replaced, and the model became known as the SS for the remainder of its production. There were no changes to the engine for this year, but a reconfigurable performance display was put into the SS coupe, allowing it to read engine outputs and change performance settings. They have a 2.2-liter, 155-hp I4 engine, providing better power and more efficient fuel economy: 25 city/35 highway mpg.

The 2010 Cobalt was the last model released. It is equipped with a 2.2-liter I-4 standard engine. It has 155 hp at 6100 rpm. With its affordable price point and fuel efficiency of 25 city and 35 highway mpg, the 2010 model clicks budget-conscious buyers. Even though the Cobalt has been the recipient of several safety recalls, GM works hard to incorporate an admirable number of safety and performance features on their 2010 Cobalt model, which includes the following: driver front airbag, passenger front airbag with occupant sensors, two height-adjustable front head restraints, two rear seat head restraints, headlight control with dusk sensor, independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension with coil springs, and ventilated front disc brakes.

In short, the Chevrolet Cobalt has been the recipient of some scrutiny and reconfigurations, but it is an affordable, low fuel cost vehicle. If you are in the market for a Cobalt, you should start your search with the 2008 and newer models. These will be equipped with more safety and technological features.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave both the 2010 Cobalt Coupe and Cobalt Sedan 5 out of 5 stars for the passenger front, and 4 out of 5 stars for the driver front. The NHTSA awarded the 2010 Cobalt 4 out of 5 stars overall for the coupe side crash test and rollover test.


  • The 2010 Cobalt includes Bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls and Onstar.
  • The 2010 Cobalt SS is charged by a complex 2.0L turbocharged and intercooled Ecotec engine that utilizes direct injection technology to deliver its balance of performance and fuel efficiency.

Vehicle Overview

Number of Service Records Cobalt

Carfax Facts

The Chevrolet Cobalt has an average of 6.3 service records, such as oil changes or transmission fluid changes. 55 percent have had more than five service records, making this a well maintained vehicle.

Average Odometer Reading

Carfax Chart

If you're looking for a used Chevy Cobalt with less than 50,000 miles, start your search with the 2010 model year.

2010 Cobalt Specifications

  • 2.2 Liter, 4-Cyl

  • 25 city / 35 hwy mpg

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Five-Speed Manual with Overdrive

  • 155 hp @ 6100 rpm

  • 103.3 inches

I purchased a 2007 Chevy. I performed a carfax on it which revealed when & where it was originally purchased and that there was only one owner. I also ran other carfax reports that revealed negative things about other cars which discouraged me from buying those cars.

—Dave Brady