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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 1306 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

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

I like it

By on Friday, March 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "decent gas mileage, sporty look"

Cons: "trunk opening, difficult to get things in and out"

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

"I really like my Cobalt. It gets me where I need to go and is comfortable to drive someone over 6' may not be all that comfortable and will probably feel cramped. Have taken several out of state trips and it gas mileage has been good. After knee replacement surgery though I'm finding it harder getting in and out."

Best car I have ever owned

By on Thursday, March 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Best car for its price."

Cons: "none"

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

"This is a review of a previous car I have owned. The car stuck with me through thick and thin! Especially with my extensive cross country driving! I put around 133000 miles on my 2006 red cobalt LS and the motor and transmission still ran like the day I bought it. Ive driven imports from the same year and they did not handle or perform like my LS. I would recommend this car to anyone looking to buy an eco car for the most bang for the buck. Sure, its no Subaru Impreza or BMW, but if youre looking for an affordable car that you can trust, the cobalt, from any year, is just that."

IMO the best compact car sold in the last 20 years

By on Thursday, March 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great value / fun to drive"

Cons: "thin paint / high insurance"

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

My Cobalt at Multinoma Falls.

"Arguably this is, in my opinion the absolute best compact FWD car sold in the last twenty some odd years. This car handles fantastic, has great brakes (as long as you don't cheap out on service parts), has ample power in stock form, and contrary to some period reviews, the interior really isn't bad - I have to intentionally touch a hard surface, otherwise it's all soft to the touch. The only downsides of this car are (in no particular order): 1) Paint quality; thinly applied from the factory, it's common to see front end paint chips - the more it's driven the more it will chip. Also look the the inside of the door bottoms. 2) High insurance premiums; the '08-'10 Cobalt SS was produced in low numbers, and most of the buyers were and are younger drivers who get into trouble very fast. These are not rocket ships, but they do have roughly double the horsepower of a base Cobalt, or pretty much any regular compact cars."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

My Cobalt at Multinoma Falls.

Good Car

By on Thursday, March 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 183,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fuel Economy/ Reliability"

Cons: "Recalls"

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

"I bought my Chevy Cobalt LT coupe in 2012 with 134k on the dash. Its now 2015 and its got 183000 miles on it and it still runs very well. Had some issues with the computer that were about a grand to fix but thats the only repair I've made on the car outside of oil changes and tires. The interior is meh but the car is comfy and roomy. Fuel economy is good. i got as high as 40mpg highway but typically I'm getting 28-32 depending on my speeds. The car has a couple non mechanical inconveniences. The latch on my drivers side door broke in the inside. The power windows don't work on the passenger side and the sun roof doesn't work. But i love the car would definitely recommend it."

worst vehicle ever!

By on Thursday, February 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "dashboard tac, decent gas mileage, mp3 cd player"

Cons: "mechanical problems, no aux jack, dealer parts"

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

"As if the barrage of news articles weren't enough to scare you away from this literal death trap, here's an insider look from an unfortunate owner of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt. The short version: run the other way. This car was okay for the first year. But, as you may have seen in the news, after year one it started having all sorts of issues: power steering recall, ignition switch (deadly) recall, ABS issues...and more recently, power window motor out, driver's side window fell out of socket (however that happens), the key gets stuck in the ignition and has to be released using a small button beneath the steering column, charge sys problems and electrical problems...I mean, just an absolute nightmare. And, what's worse, because of the hideous news coverage, the value (as if there ever was any) has now plummeted making the whole thing a total loss. Well, even though it may not affect GM/Chevy profit margins, this car has convinced me to run away and stay away."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

I bought this car new and still like it very much.

By on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,975

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Visually appealing, good price, reliable"

Cons: "Rear-side window visibility"

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

"The only problems I found were that the rear-side window visibility required adjustment and I'd hoped for better mileage with combination city-highway use. (Excellent highway only MPG.)"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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