2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Review
The Cobalt replaced the long-running Chevy Cavalier in 2005. While Road and Track finds that "Chevrolet has built a thoroughly modern, class-challenging contender" in the Cobalt, most reviewers believe it falls a little short of class leaders from Honda and Toyota. The 2007 carryover model comes in two-door coupe and four-door sedan versions. While the 2007 Cobalt gets high marks as a handsome, well-equipped car, criticisms focus on the Cobalt's cramped rear seat and coarse base engine.
The low sticker price makes the Cobalt a very affordable small car. For its low price of entry, Consumer Guide names the 2007 Cobalt as a "Recommended" car. USA TODAY reports, "You don't feel sentenced to Cobalt for lack of cash to buy something better, but rather that you chose it on purpose." According to the , "The Cobalt is a good car, if not a great one, and it is certainly a creditable competitor to the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and most other $15,000 cars on the market." However, the Times adds, "As low as those numbers sound, it is possible to push the price of a Cobalt beyond $20,000."
Unfortunately, the Cobalt is unimpressive in its resale value. Kelley Blue Book says that the Cobalt "holds an average five-year projected residual value, falling far from competitors such as the Honda Civic, Scion tC and Mazda Mazda3." IntelliChoice gives the base model sedan a "poor" value rating for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, compared with other vehicles in its class.