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May 23, 2009

2009 Chevy Cobalt Review – First Impression

by Courtney Caldwell

Chevy_cobalt09_pg_ext_09CHCL01045 Our test car this week was a 2009 Chevy Cobalt 2-door LT Coupe XFE. This cutie patootie coupe is a step up from the 2009 Chevy Aveo, which we tested two weeks ago. The Cobalt XFE sports 15” Wheels, XM Satellite Radio, power door locks and windows, split folding seats, and a remote trunk release, very nice for arms full of kids (or crap). For safety and security mortals, the Cobalt comes standard with free OnStar service for the first year, has both front and side curtain airbags with 4 and 5 star government safety ratings, a theft deterrent system, battery rundown protection, a latch system for child seats, and an emergency trunk release for little ones, or big ones, who think a trunk makes a good hiding place. Not!

We put a lot of mileage on this sporty little 5-speed coupe this week. Normally, I’m not a big fan of stick shifts in areas congested with stop and go traffic because all that shifting can sometimes be a pain in the parts but I have to say that the Cobalt’s gearbox and clutch worked in smooth tandem no matter how little or how much traffic there was. Fuel economy is pretty darn good in the Cobalt with about 25MPG city, and 37 on the freeways. The manual transmission also provides better gas mileage than an automatic for those more eco-conscious or fear the looming gas hikes this summer. The one thing I didn’t like about this model was the firmness of seats… a little too firm for my liking, but you can’t expect to buy a sporty car without a sporty ride. It comes with the territory. For the standard $16,460 price tag this coupe is pretty cool and comes loaded to the grilles even before adding more stuff.

Overall, my first impression of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt was positive.

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