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in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $7,962 - $12,738
Original MSRP: $14,990 - $24,535
MPG: 25 City / 37 Hwy
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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Interior

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The 2010 Cobalt's spacious trunk, nice entertainment options and quality materials can't redeem the car's practically non-existent comfort. First and second rows in 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 though the Cobalt's cabin was pretty nice for a base-model car. If I have one serious complaint, it's that the gearshift is too far back -- there is a pair of cupholders just ahead of it, and I can't tell you how many times I tried to shift gears with my water bottle." -- About.com
  • "The ... 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' sentiments concerning the Cobalt's rear row are generally negative. Most say that even for the class, the car's rear dimensions are too tight. 

  • "That back seat. Mercy. Smaller cars have more room." -- USA Today
  • "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 2010 Chevy Cobalt's interior is made well, but the design is drab for most trims. Auto writers suggest that drivers accustomed to creature comforts upgrade if they're interested in an appealing design or the Cobalt's more marquee features. 

  • "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

Stereo and Entertainment

The Cobalt has cool entertainment options, especially for a small car. In 2008 Chevy, made 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 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 foot 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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