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in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $7,698 - $11,562
Original MSRP: $15,660 - $23,525
MPG: 25 City / 37 Hwy
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2009 Chevy Cobalt Interior

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The Cobalt's spacious trunk, nice entertainment options and quality materials can't redeem the car's practically non-existent comfort. First and second rows for both the sedan and coupe are considered too confining.

  • "Neither model, though, provided much room or comfort for rear seat occupants." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • "Overall, I thought the Cobalt's cabin was pretty nice for a base-model car." -- About.com
  • "The 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt sedans have a high seating position for a more commanding view of the road, and all-around visibility is impressive." -- Kelley Blue Book

Front Seats

This generation of the Cobalt may be larger than its Cavalier forerunner, but several say that's not apparent from the space and comfort offered in the front row.

  • "Typical compact-car space and comfort. The seat cushions are a bit short for best thigh support, but generous rearward travel gives good legroom for tall occupants. Some taller drivers found that the shoulder belt did not adjust high enough for belt comfort." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Front passengers enjoy good head, leg and elbow space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Seat comfort is another area where the Cobalt falls short -- although they offer some lateral bolstering, the seats are otherwise flat and offer little in the way of lumbar and under-thigh support." -- Edmunds

Rear Seats

Reviewers' strong sentiments concerning the Cobalt's rear row are generally negative. Most say that even for the class, the car's dimensions are too tight. 

  • "That back seat. Mercy. Smaller cars have more room." -- USA Today
  • "If you're looking for a small car with a big back seat, the Cobalt can't compare to the Dodge Caliber or Scion xB. ... Rear passengers must accept a somewhat confined space and an average-size person may have trouble getting in and out of the rear of the coupe." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Backseat space is awful, with marginal headroom and virtually no legroom unless the front seat is well forward. Getting in and out is a battle." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The Cobalt's interior is made well, but the design is drab for most trims. Auto writers suggest that drivers used to creature comforts upgrade if they're interested in an appealing design or the Cobalt's more marquee features. And while the base trim is expected to be a stripper without power windows and mirrors, About.com's reviewer draws the line at no power doors.

  • "Compared to the interiors found in the Honda Civic or Saturn Astra, the Cobalt's design seems rather bland and its materials are low-grade. ... the design is plain unless you upgrade to the Performance Appearance Package or the Sport trim with their snazzier details." -- Edmunds
  • "Attractive, if rather basic. The only gauge on the instrument panel is for fuel level, but digital readouts deliver other data." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "I didn't mind crank-down windows so much, but manual door locks in a 4-door are a major pain. Still, the Cobalt features air conditioning and a decent-sounding CD stereo with auxiliary input jack as standard equipment. It even gets a trip computer, so you can track your fuel economy." -- About.com

Stereo and Entertainment

The Cobalt has cool entertainment options, especially for a small car. In 2008 Chevrolet made a Satellite Radio trial standard for all trims, plus the 2LT coupe and sedan have the option for a well-liked seven-speaker Pioneer sound system. The Pioneer system is standard for the Turbo.

  • "Standard XM Satellite Radio is rare in this price range. Once you've tried it on a long trip, you're likely to become a satisfied customer." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Cobalt SS has a few tricks up its fenders. For one, there is a USB port in the faceplate of this head unit that can work with an iPod or a USB thumbdrive. ... The Cobalt SS' second trick is the standard Pioneer audio system, which includes six speakers and a big subwoofer. Although the highs can get shrill, we were generally impressed by this audio system." -- CNET
  • "The available Pioneer seven-speaker sound system with the Delphi AM/FM/CD delivers good sound and includes a huge subwoofer mounted on the left side trunk wall." -- New Car Test Drive

Cargo

The Cobalt's 13.9 cubic feet trunk will hold plenty of stuff, if you can fit it in there. More than one reviewer notes the space isn't wholly convenient due to its small trunk opening. In addition, reviewers don't jibe with the limited cabin stowage.

  • "The sedan trunk is wide and deep with a low liftover height, and almost 14 cubic feet of capacity, more than competitive in the class, though the opening to the trunk seems relatively small. ... The coupe has an even smaller trunk opening, making it difficult to stow a thick suitcase." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Strut-type lid hinges don't steal space, but the trunk opening is too small for really big cargo. Interior storage is subpar, with a smallish glove compartment, center console, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide

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