GM's newest economy offering, the Chevy Cobalt, received two stars out of five in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's side crash test for the driver. When the Cobalt was tested for a frontal crash, it received five stars for the passenger and four for the driver. The Cobalt offers side curtain airbags as an option, but this test represented one without the side airbag.
NHTSA tested 19 models from various makers and the Cobalt was the only car to receive two stars in any category. Two other cars tested in the compact class, the Scion tC and Saturn Ion received better scores. The Toyota Avalon, Volvo V70 and Mitsubishi Galant received top scores.

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