2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was new.

The Cobalt delivers a smooth ride and attempts to provide upscale features in its cabin, but its overall appeal falls short of the top-ranked cars in its class.

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 6.4
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Lively acceleration
  • Competitive fuel economy
  • Excellent handling
  • Many find the seats uncomfortable, and cramped in the back
  • Loud exhaust

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Overview

Road and Track leads those who call the 2008 Cobalt, a replacement for the long-standing Chevy Cavalier in Chevy's lineup, "a thoroughly modern, class-challenging contender," in the affordable small car class. But still, the Cobalt ranks in the middle of the class because it doesn't match the performance and comfort of other small sedans. The Cobalt's ranking is also hurt by criticisms concerning a cramped rear seat and a coarse base engine. What the Cobalt does provide, however, is competitive gas mileage in the presence of $4 gas.

The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt is a carryover model that comes as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan. For 2008, Cobalt dropped its SS trims and added safety equipment. All Cobalts now have side curtain air bags, and the Sport trims now feature StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control. If you're in the market for a new affordable small car, consider the Honda Civic.

  • The Cobalt family is a serious presence in the compact-sedan segment." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Chevrolet Cobalt will satisfy the needs of drivers looking for economy of price, economy of operation, and a nice, quiet ride." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Solidly built, suitably refined, and attractively priced, it's an American car that can compete with its foreign rivals. Although by no means a driver's car, The Cobalt is quiet and refined by the standards of the class." -- Motor Trend
  • In contrast, BusinessWeek's reviewer notes, "In real life, I would shop around and test-drive competing models before going with the Cobalt." -- BusinessWeek
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