Only one year after the Chevrolet Cobalt’s debut, many noteworthy changes can be found starting with new names. Once the addition of a new trim package was introduced the previous offers where quickly renamed and repackaged. Starting with the base LS and moving up towards the SS Supercharged, buyers will find a variety of levels and price tags. For the Chevrolet enthusiast, it offers a wide range of options depending on the performance and luxuries sought after. On the flip side, it was designed to compete in the compact or small car category, but the competition was pushing the Cobalt to the end of the line.
Body styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed Automatic
Models: Chevrolet Cobalt LS, Chevrolet Cobalt LT, Chevrolet Cobalt LTZ, Chevrolet Cobalt SS, Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged
The highlight for the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt starts with the introduction of the SS Supercharged trim level. From the high performance engine to the many interior perks, the SS Supercharged quickly jumped to the top. Cascading below the new trim package fall the recently renamed lot starting with the SS and descending down to the LS base model. The exterior and interior design remained relatively unchanged even with a new name attached to each model. Don’t expect to find many changes under the hood either. The quiet and low-performing engine selection is also similar to the 2005 debut year.
Much like other small cars in its class, the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt is available in a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan. The coupe body styles are offered in the base LS, LT, SS, and SS Supercharged trim packages. The sedan features the same line up minus the new and improved SS Supercharged. Along the exterior not many changes were introduced over the last year, so the body design still reflects that of a standard compact car minus the bells and whistles. Steel wheels and optional spoilers grace the exterior of the LS with over eight color options including Arrival Blue Metal, Sunburst Orange, and Victory Red. Several minor upgrades are made throughout the lineup resulting in 18-inch painted allow wheels, and limited color palette for the SS Supercharged Coupe.
The 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt's interior of the new SS Supercharged Coupe screams sport performance with the two-tone Ebony on Yellow, Red, Blue, or Black leather interior. Also expect to find premium components ranging from the Pioneer premium speakers to the subwoofer and CD player in the latest trim package. The other trim packages vary on interior styling, but start with AM/FM stereo with single CD player in the LS base along with air-conditioning and interior air filtration.
Performance & Handling
As expect, the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged out performs the other models in terms of power and handling. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generates 205 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. For those that crave speed, it can reach zero to 60 mph in just seven seconds. The LS, LT, and LTZ models are powered by the 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that averages 145 horsepower with 155 lb-ft of torque. The SS falls in between the lower models and the SS Supercharged with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 171 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque.
Compact cars are not notorious for high safety ratings, so many of the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt’s above average scores are something to notice. The IIHS awarded the 2006 models with an ""acceptable"" rating for side impact protection. It was also listed as one of the ""best picks"" in the category for frontal offset crash performance and the accolades don’t stop there. According to the NHTSA, it was listed as four out of five starts for driver frontal impact tests. All models also boast child seat anchors, daytime running lights, adjustable headrests, and engine immobilizer.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Cobalt LS, LT, and SS: 22/31 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Cobalt LTZ: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged: 20/27 mpg city/highway
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