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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Review

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Soaring fuel costs have changed the face of the compact car customer. First-time buyers and budget-conscious consumers are no longer the only market for small cars—SUV drivers looking for an economical second car are also flooding showrooms. But these people have a bit more cash on hand and, although they want something that's good on gas, they don't want bare-bones transportation. Enter the Chevrolet Cobalt, an attractive small car with a bit more size, style and equipment than its entry-level competitors, but with a reasonable price tag and good gas mileage. Available as either a coupe or sedan, the Cobalt is definitely worth a test drive.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a small car with an upscale interior, a smooth ride and an all-American nameplate, the Cobalt is a worthy alternative to the Ford Focus. The Cobalt is also easy on gas, a key point of interest for many new car shoppers.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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. The Cobalt's engine is a bit coarse and its exhaust note is even louder.

What's Significant About This Car?

Both the 2.2- and 2.4-liter engines get a bump in horsepower, while an optional remote engine starter is available on models equipped with automatic transmissions.

Driving the Cobalt

Driving Impressions Clearly a cut above recent GM smaller cars, the Cobalt delivers reasonably spirited performance and a surprisingly good ride for a generally enjoyable experience—apart from exhaust noise. Suspension is more...

effective than in some other GM automobiles, with little feeling of looseness or lumpiness. Only the nastier bumps and holes are likely to be bothersome. With the easy-shifting automatic transmission, this sedan accelerates enthusiastically enough for its class. Nimble handling is accompanied by well-assisted, confident steering, which enhances agility in around-town driving. Though the Cobalt is stable on the highway, you must pay attention to remain centered in your lane.

XM Satellite Radio
Satellite service is available even for lower-end automobiles these days. Once you've tried it on a long trip, you're likely to become a satisfied customer.

Glovebox Size
In many recent vehicles, a large glovebox door opens onto a constricted storage space, but the Cobalt's glovebox is ample in size.

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Details
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt photo Interior

Cobalt sedans have a high seating position for a more commanding view of the road, and all-around visibility is impressive. The interiors, crafted to offer five-passenger seating, are attractive, if rather basic. The only gauge on the instrument panel is for fuel level, but digital readouts deliver other data. Front passengers enjoy good head, leg and elbow space, but rear-seat passengers must accept a confining experience. An average-size person may have trouble getting in and out of the rear of the coupe. The 60/40 split-bench seatback includes a pass-through to the trunk, which holds 13.9 cubic feet of luggage.

Exterior
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt photo

Chevrolet claims the Cobalt has a rigid body structure, which has ride, handling and quality benefits. Based on GM's global Delta architecture, its dimensions are comparable to the Cavalier's, except that the Cobalt is more than two inches taller. Each trim level has specific 15- or 16-inch wheels and appearance touches, though an overall kinship to the Cavalier is discernable. Coupes mimic the sedan's profile from the A-pillar forward, but a tapered reverse C-pillar leads back to Chevrolet's signature quartet of round tail lamps. Chevrolet claims a turning radius, curb-to-curb, of just 37.4 feet.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Base-model Cobalts come equipped with air conditioning, a CD audio system with auxiliary input jack, a tilt steering column, driver information center and electric rear-window defroster. Speed-sensitive electric power steering is tuned to match the tires and suspension. Brakes are front discs and rear drums. Stepping up to the LT and LTZ editions adds anti-lock braking (ABS), keyless entry system and cruise control, along with power windows and mirrors. The SS coupe and sedan get a larger 2.4-liter engine and more standard features. The new Cobalt Supercharged SS Coupe features a five-speed manual gearbox and the FE5 performance/handling suspension.

Optional Equipment

The Cobalt offers a number of nice features, such as side-curtain airbags, XM Satellite Radio, GM's OnStar communications system, AM/FM stereo with six-disc MP3-compatible CD player, remote start, a four-speed automatic transmission, heated leather seats, power sunroof, cruise control, rear spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

Both the base 2.2- and 2.4-liter engines lack the refinement and quiet operation that has become the trademark of the Honda and Toyota powerplants. Both engines are strong performers, offering good acceleration and passing power while returning better-than-average fuel economy. The supercharged 2.0-liter in the SS Supercharged Coupe is a little spitfire of an engine, with loads of low-end torque that will make your heart race and your palms sweat.

2.2-liter in-line 4
148 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
152 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/34 (manual), 24/32 (automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
163 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/34 (manual), 24/32 (automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4 Supercharged
205 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
200 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (manual)

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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 1320 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    7.9/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

really good commuting car to work.

By on Saturday, August 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good on gas and reliable."

Cons: "space."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car in 2009 and have had it ever since. I use it for work every day and I can go to work a for approximately 8 days without fueling up. its a 45 mile round trip. I love this car but my spouse hates it cause of the space and the rear its a little bit higher than the front. But, other than that I plan to keep it till it falls apart."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Can't wait to trade in this car!!!

By on Thursday, August 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "gas mileage, great in the snow"

Cons: "breaks down, uncomfy, small gas tank,no power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought this car certified pre-owned with 30,000 some odd miles on it. At first it was alright. The fuel mileage was a nice change compared to my F-150 (which I never should have gotten rid of). Then all the problems started. I had to change the fuel pump twice in 1 month. The right blinker didn't automatically turn off. Going up any hill kills any good gas mileage. I couldn't even make a 400 mile long trip without stopping for gas. The center conceal makes no sense for storage. Very noisy when I'd drive on the high way. The seats are very uncomfortable. Every time I turned around it seemed like a new problem would pop up. A strut was broken, my tire gauge monitor went out, the air bag needed serviced, the heat plate decided to fall off. This car worked as a commuter car for school, and was actually killer in the snow but always hydroplaned in the rain. I'm super excited to see it gone."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great economy car

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "affordable, reliable, fund to drive"

Cons: "plastic interior, seats not overly comfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased new in 2009 I have driven daily since then. It's an economy car so the interior is what you would expect, cheap but effective and durable. If you take care of the vehicle it won't fail you. I have not had any failures from my Cobalt. An excellent vehicle if you are looking for something reliable and affordable. Way under priced and under valued. I have seen these cars in good working order with over 200,000 miles on them. Those who complain about reliability issues have not maintained their vehicles."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I love my supercharged Coupe

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Quick, sporty, and will get you there stylish"

Cons: "Small car for a family"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought it from a local dealer with 45k on the clock, and the instant I saw it I was in love. The spoiler was a bit too high and I have since removed it for a wingless look. I have done numerous modifications to get a little more power and I have been satisfied. I changed the tune a little to use E85 fuel and gas mileage dropped from about 28 city to 24, and 34 highway to about 28. I love it and will keep it for a long time."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

too Many Recall notices and insurance too high

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "gas mileage"

Cons: "no leg room for taller people"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I got the colbalt out of desperation..Cheap little car. That is a great way to describe this vehicle. Cheaply made Cheap on gas and just shotty workmanship. I have kept up on all recommended maint for this vehicle through the dealership. Love them but absolutely hate this car. My car insurance went up over $50/month because its made of nothing but plastic..If you get into an accident its going to cost the insurance company and you dearly. Do not get into one without your seatbelt. If you do get into an accident at least you wont go through the windshield as the rest of the car pops apart."

17 people out of 26 found this review helpful

unbelievable gas mileage

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 240,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great car"

Cons: "visibility not great but not bad"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2400000 miles and no major repair. Never had ignition issue. Spent less than a thousand dollars on repairs. Great tire wear except for pirelli tires. Never has needed an alignment. All options still work including ac. Beats any foreign car in its class on pick up. Still does not use oil."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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