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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.