| What's Hot |
Supercharged SS model
Clever, high-quality interior design
Robust 145-horsepower base engine
| What's Not |
Stingy rear legroom
Bland exterior styling
The Cobalt is all new for 2005, but upgrades already are on the way. Model year 2006 brings an available larger, more powerful 2.4-liter Ecotec inline-four rated at 170 horsepower.
The LS and, in particular, the LT, come well equipped. But because package choices are limited and most options are priced on an a la carte basis, expect to pay a premium to upgrade. Would-be street-racers should consider the SS Performance Package, which bundles the Quaife LSD and Recaro seats.
Others to Consider
Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla