The 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt was introduced in 2005 to replace the Chevrolet Cavalier. Although the Cavalier was the best-selling Chevrolet during its lifetime, the competition from other small car makers had surpassed the Cavalier. The Cavalier never had any significant redesigns in its 12-years production run. Chevrolet knew it was time for a major change; it would even need a new name. Therefore, the Cobalt was born. It was Chevrolet’s hope to win back the customers it had lost with the Cavalier. The Cobalt was the answer to the consumers who want a reliable car with decent handling, but aren’t ready to spend a lot of money. Fortunately, driving the Cobalt often gives the illusion of being behind the wheel of a much more expensive car.
Body Styles: Sedan, Coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic option
Models: Cobalt, Cobalt LS, Cobalt LT, Cobalt SS
The Cobalt debuted for the first time in 2005 to replace the Chevrolet Cavalier.
There is nothing unusual or extravagant about Chevrolet Cobalt’s exterior. It has a modern look with clean simple lines, giving it a tailored appearance. The back end is interesting, with round Ferrari-style headlights and a lower grille. There is also an optional sports package, which has a rear wing that gives the car a nice, sporty look. Consumers have a choice of eight exterior paint colors.
The 2005 Cobalt measures 67.9 inches wide, 55.1 inches tall, 180.5 inches long, and has 5.4 inches of ground clearance.
The 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt’s interior offers many more standard options than the Cavalier did. Those standard options include air-conditioning, a CD player, rear de-fogger, trip computer, and power doors and windows. The front seats have a pump lever for adjusting the height. Strangely, there is only one standard color choice for the interior. The base LS doesn't offer leather or covering of any kind on the dash, steering wheel, or shift knob. However, for a little more cost, the consumer can add leather seats, steering wheel, and shift knob. The LT model comes loaded with standard equipment, such as a seven-speaker Pioneer sound system, exterior chrome trim, leather seats, a unique interior, and 16-inch alloy wheels. As with the Cavalier, there are a number of trim levels and packages available.
The few standard convenience features include front and rear cup holders, a trunk light, a passenger vanity mirror, front door pockets, a 12-volt power outlet, and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The dash and controls are laid out in a logical manner, and the rear seatback is split folding for extra trunk space when needed.
The interior has a good deal of room, measuring 38.7 inches in front head room, 35.7 inches in rear head room, 49.5 inches of front hip room, 46.1 inches of rear hip room, 42 inches of front leg room, 32.2 inches of rear leg room, 53 inches in front shoulder room, and 49 inches in rear shoulder room.
Performance & Handling
The Cobalt has a smooth, quiet ride and plenty of power. It is built sturdy and solid, which makes for a stable ride and does wonders for decreasing vibration and noise. For this class of vehicle, the Cobalt handles nicely and takes corners well. The SS model delivers a great handling response, has sharp steering, and keeps great ride quality.
The 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt has standard anti-lock brakes on all models except the base model, which has it as an option. Also, all models, other than the base model, have the option of OnStar and side curtain airbags. Some of the other safety features include daytime running lights, child seat anchors, front disc and rear drum brakes, engine immobilizer, dusk sensing headlights, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, and an emergency interior trunk release.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cobalt LS: 22/31 mpg city/highway
Cobalt LT: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Cobalt SS: 20/27 mpg city/highway
- Premier content for a basic-car price
- Smooth ride
- Sporty handling
You Won't Like
- Some low quality material in the interior
- Odd details on the exterior
Chevrolet’s much-needed, superbly updated Cavalier replacement.
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