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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 1333 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

Run the other way

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,137

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
2/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Cheap good gas mileage"

Cons: "Lots of upkeep and recalls"

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

"I bought this car at 20000 miles need one fast and it was cheap. First couple years no issues except recalls then started to hear a grinding noise in front tires replaced both wheel bearings at about 50000 miles. Then drive down highway check engine light comes on bring to dealer the throttle body sensor went bad $300 to fix, now at 124000 the chain in the motor that drives oil pump broke no check engine light or limp mode just ran till started knocking and motor is toast $3000 to fix a $2000 car.Oil changes were done at 3000 miles and ran synthetic oil Dealer did all recalls before looking into what was wrong so they could charge GM I have driven GM almost 30 yrs no more new GM"

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

The SS cobalt is a very fun and reliable car

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Drivability, reliability, great price, fun todrive"

Cons: "Dull interior"

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

"I have owned (2) cobalts in my lifetime, the first was the 2.4l SS and the second was the 2.0 turbocharged SS, Both of them where really good cars, and I never had any issues with them, the 08 SS cobalt that I currently own is a very fun car to drive, the interior is lacking just a bit, but overall these cars are the big bang for your buck. They are reliable and occasionally you can beat the average mustang out on the road. I love these cars and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a reliable go fast car."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Great Car for the Money

By on Tuesday, November 03, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: ignition problem

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Low Maintenance, Looks Great, Great Price"

Cons: "Check Recall, Low Resale Value"

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

"I bought this car new off the lot in 2005. In ten years of ownership it only required regular oil changes. I feel like I really lucked out on this car. It ran like a dream, and looked great inside and out. I never even replaced the battery until right before I sold it. In the end though, it had a problem with shutting off while driving, which is a pretty serious issue. There was an issue with a recall on the ignition switch which I think could have been the problem. I bought a new battery and that didn't solve anything. Overall I have never regretted buying the car. Definitely worth the $13,000 I spent on it. I sold it for $800 to a family friend that wanted to fix the ignition problem. As far as I'm aware it's still going with minimum maintenance."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love my car! It's a perfect car save a few things

By on Monday, November 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great engine, looks, pionner speakers, big trunk"

Cons: "nonsliding sunvisors, small trunk opening"

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

Looks good, wheels came from the dealer, as well as the leather.

"My car has the SS's 2.4L engine just not supercharged or turbocharged. It is perfect and shows no signs of any leaking of any fluids. Bulletproof engine. Only thing I would change on the engine is that the exhaust note outside isn't that aggressive. Exterior is sporty. Only thing I wish I could change is that there aren't any premade lights that make it look like a GTR, which is possible, I've seen it done. Interior is comfortable, the radio and speakers work like a charm. Leather is comfy and makes people sigh in comfort. Only things I wish I could change are that the sun visors don't extend in any way. The trunk opening is kinda small, doable but not as big as it could be. 4 cup holders, 2 in front, 2 in back. The cup holders in front have a removable thing that makes the hole bigger for your cup. Another thing is that I have the 6 disk CD changer but my armrest only holds 5 CDs."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Looks good, wheels came from the dealer, as well as the leather.

Good dependable transportation car.

By on Monday, October 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 144,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good price, quick response, reliable."

Cons: "cup holders too small, litte noisey"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Bought the car used with 33k miles. Now has 144k. Very reliable and economical. Drove it to Texas three times. Ok on road but a little noisy."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great mileage, reliable after repair. Sad to go.

By on Friday, October 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Mileage, low maintenance, few repairs."

Cons: "2 doors"

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

"Salvaged car bought in April 2008 made in 2006. Love this car but with growing family need more seats. It recently has had some shaking, and slow drive til it picks up speed. Believe it may be the engine. Wish I could keep it. Some paint removed on hood cosmetic only. There is a dent driver side great. Should be easy pop out job. Amazing gas mileage."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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