The Chevrolet Cobalt is a two-door or four-door compact that replaced the Cavalier and the Prizm. Chevrolet discontinued production of the Cobalt in 2010, when it was replaced by the Chevrolet Cruze.
The 2008 Cobalt has a relatively low sticker price for its class, high crash test ratings for front impact accidents, a surprisingly comfortable ride, and an attractive interior.
However, the Cobalt also has limited backseat head room and space, uncomfortable seating for the driver and passengers, a noisy engine, and cheap looking interior controls.
The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt is a reliable and affordable vehicle within its class, offering enough features to attract a core of satisfied drivers. The Cobalt offers a combination of style and convenience, and it is great for regular commuters and those looking for a middle-range compact.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan, sport coupe, sport sedan
Engines: 148-hp 2.2-liter I4, 171-hp 2.4-liter I4, 260-hp two-liter I4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive
Models: LS Coupe, LS sedan, LT Coupe, LT sedan, Sport Coupe, Sport sedan, SS Turbocharged Coupe
The exterior design of the 2008 Cobalt models remain similar to 2007 models in most regards except that there is an addition of a coupe version, which did not actually change the overall profile of the vehicle to any discernable degree. Other changes include the addition of side-curtain airbags, optional OnStar, and satellite radio.
The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt has a sharp front end, curving gradually for an overall sporty look. It sports a rear spoiler and four round tailpipes to complete the look. Chrome accents are available on the LT packages. The Cobalt measures 103.3 inches at the wheelbase and is 180 inches long total. It is 67.9 inches wide. Standard models come with 15-inch wheels and the LT models have 16-inch wheels.
The Cobalt seats five and has front bucket seats and 60/40-split folding rear seats. Inside the Cobalt, a slightly raised layout gives the driver and occupants a better view of the surroundings but also decreases headroom. One convenient feature is trunk access for backseat passengers from within the vehicle. Overall, the layout is well-done, and the controls are easily accessible.
Features also include air conditioning, electric rear defogger, tilt steering, CD player and an updated stereo system that is iPod and MP3 compatible, Satellite radio is standard and OnStar is optional. Some models have optional leather seating and optional remote start and keyless entry.
Performance & Handling
There are three basic engines available with the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt: the 148-horsepower 2.2-liter regular gas engine, the 171-horsepower two-liter regular gas engine, and that 260-horsepower 2.4-liter premium gas engine. Drivers can choose between a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive or a five-speed manual transmission with overdrive.
Overall, the 2008 displays moderate acceleration within its class and good handling overall in the city and on the highway. The automatic transmission is noticeably responsive.
The LT and the Sport models come with standard anti-lock brakes (ABS) and are optional on the LS model. The automatic Cobalts and ABS models have traction control. Side-curtain airbags are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available for the front seats.
EPA Fuel Economy
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LS, LT: 24/33 mpg city/highway
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Sport: 22/32 mpg city/highway
- Attractive interior
- Smooth transmission
You Won't Like
- Backseat headroom
- Noisy exhaust
- Low-quality controls
Style, convenience, and low cost make it perfect for commuters and those looking for a mid-range compact car.
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