When I was first interested in the 2009 LT, I couldn't find any owner reviews of the car. I thought yourcobalt.com is the perfect place for the first such review. Most reviews I did find were by guys who do it for a living. I got out of my 10 mpg full-sized, extended cab 4X4 Silverado and jumped into this. I thought a "real world" review is in order. Hope y'all don't mind...
Owner Review - 750 mile mark:
2009 Cobalt 2-Door LT Coupe
2.2L DOHC VVT
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Exterior: Silver Ice Metallic
Base MSRP - $15,710.00
Options (above LT package):
Cruise Control - $ 275.00
Rear Spoiler - $ 275.00
Destination Charge - $ 660.00
Total Vehicle Price - $16,920.00
(Nice clean lines)
The car is nicely equipped...tire pressure monitoring, premium ride suspension, electronic power steering, and full air bag set-up are the most notable features. One year On-Star with hands free dialing free for one year (does not come with Turn by Turn navigation, but that service leaves a lot to be desired anyway). XM Satellite radio free for 3 months. The LT package provides for interior trim and full electronics (windows, door locks, etc.) Estimated MPG: 25/37
(Interior is simplistic, but functional and pleasing)
The 2-door Coupe has a very nice shape and body lines. With the factory low profile spoiler, the car has more of a "sport" appearance rather than a "box" shape like most other cars in this class. The car does sit about 1-1/2" to 2" too high and would recommend lowering. The seam below the doors, where the body and floor panels meet is visible from the side and needs to be hidden. The 15" factory steel wheels are too small, too heavy and not pleasing in any way. The interior is very clean, functional and again, has a nice "sport" appearance. With the exception of the cheap shift knob and much too tiny cup holders, the interior looks as clean as higher priced cars. The controls are laid out nicely, work well and the car looks excellent over-all. In essence, I am very pleased with the appearance and style of the car.
(Tires/wheels are too small, body sits too high)
The car is still new and I have not had the heart or desire to attempt to get a feeling for it's full potential. I have not had the motor above 3,500 rpms yet. But, from normal driving, the car is surprisingly "perky". I have owned 300+ HP muscle cars, a Buick Grand National, 4X4 trucks and Jeeps...I know what true power really is. But, this car was bought solely on it's potential of 30-40+ mpg. It's doing that...and surprising this new owner with what seems to be some true performance prospects under the hood! The handling is surprising as well. The car does not seem to have the typical "pull" of a FWD. I don't feel like I am fighting the car through accelerated turns. The steering and suspension are both firm and responsive. I would label the Cobalt LT as a true "performance economy class car".
(Tint the lights, debadge and drop 2" and the car would look amazing!)
My work route is 14.8 miles each way. The drive consists of approximately 7 miles in town driving, steep hills, numberous turns and stops along with approximately 8 miles of freeway. Currently, I am averaging 29.4 mpg according to the DIC.
(Excellent value for the money)
From much reasearch and forum reading, it looks like there are a lot of after-market appearance and/or performance enchancing products to make the Cobalt whatever you want to make of it. I believe the base car is a solid platform for the initial cost. I intend to keep the car (loving it actually
) and to slowly begin the inevitable process of add-ons and modifications. Over-all, I am very, very happy with the style, performance and cost of the car. If the Cobalt were continued to be made, I would buy another. I recommend this car to anyone looking for a good mix of "the right stuff"...all for under $18K.
To be continued...