2010 Cobalt New Car Test Drive
The Chevrolet Cobalt delivers inexpensive, high-value transportation. We find these cars enjoyable to drive and their attractive price and notable fuel economy makes for a compelling package with a lot of value. The Cobalt is quiet and refined for a small car and it delivers crisp handling and a smooth ride, all benefits of its strong, rigid platform.
The Chevrolet Cobalt comes in two-door coupe and four-door sedan body styles, and in base, LS, LT, and SS trim levels. The base engine produces 155 horsepower and qualifies the Cobalt as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle; these models come standard with a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic is an option. The base version of the Cobalt is EPA-rated at 25/37 mpg City/Highway with the five-speed manual transmission.
The Cobalt SS is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four rated at 260 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A heavy-duty five-speed manual is the only transmission available with the SS. The SS is available only as the coupe.
For 2010, Chevrolet Cobalt changes are few. The My Link package includes an AM/FM/CD/MP3/USB audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering-wheel audio controls, OnStar Directions and Connections, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The power sunroof and performance display are standard on the SS model.
The 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt comes standard with cloth upholstery, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with four speakers, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar Safe & Sound, rear window defroster, theft deterrent, tilt steering wheel, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. It is not available with air conditioning.
Cobalt LS ($15,670) sedan and coupe come with air conditioning, wind-up windows and manually operated mirrors. Tires are low-rolling-resistance 195/60R15s on 15-inch steel wheels. Options include an automatic transmission ($925) and anti-lock brakes ($400).
Cobalt LT ($16,470) sedan and coupe get upgraded upholstery, adjustable lumbar support for the driver, power windows and door locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, carpeted floor mats front and rear, a console with an adjustable armrest and two 12-volt outlets, and other amenities. Options include cruise control ($275), a Sun & Sound Package ($995) that includes a sunroof and seven-speaker Pioneer audio system, remote vehicle starter ($190) for automatic models, heated leather seats ($795), and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls and Bluetooth wireless connectivity ($245). The 2LT package ($1,370) includes anti-lock brakes, cruise control, and 205/55R16 tires on alloy wheels. The Sport Appearance Package ($995) includes a rear spoiler, larger body-color fascias and rocker moldings, 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with performance tires, chrome exhaust tip, fog lamps, white-face sport gauges, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob. A Bright Chrome Appearance Package ($295) includes a chrome grille, bodyside moldings, door handles, exhaust tip and front and rear fascias.
Cobalt SS coupe ($24,535) is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and comes with upgraded suspension and brakes, sport seats with suede-like inserts, additional gauges, fog lamps, and spoilers and air dams all around. A heavy-duty five-speed is the only transmission offered. Tires are 225/40R18 on 18-inch forged aluminum wheels. A configurable LCD display allows the driver to select from a variety of performance measurements, including 0-60 mph and quarter-mile acceleration, braking performance and cornering force. Options include sport pedals ($165) and a limited-slip differential ($495).
OnStar, in one form or another, is standard on all models. It's a good safety feature because operators will direct emergency crews to your exact location should your airbag go off and you fail to respond. It also includes the General Motors Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (AACN) system, making crash data available to participating 911 centers to help them dispatch the appropriate live-saving personnel and equipment.
Safety features include dual-stage front air bags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, rear center shoulder belts, and the LATCH child seat retention system. Head-curtain side airbags are standard on all models, as is a tire pressure monitor. The SS model has StabiliTrak electronic stability control. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard on the SS, included in the 2LT option, and optionally available on the LT and LS.