2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Review and Prices
The Chevrolet Cobalt is the best car for you if you’re interested in a domestic model that favors low prices and low operating costs over high refinement – and you don’t mind driving a car with a design that’s about to go out of date.
The 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt ends the six-year run of this popular compact coupe and sedan. In the wings is a more-modern replacement, the 2011 Chevy Cruze. A five-passenger sedan due on sale in late 2010, Cruze will be similar in size to the Cobalt, but promises more space-efficient and higher-quality engineering and over 40 mpg.
The 2010 Cobalt is caught between a Cruze and a craze. As its replacement nears, dealers will be increasingly eager to close out their Cobalt inventories. That should benefit transaction prices that are already among the lowest in the class. But Cobalt’s combination of fine fuel economy and friendly pricing means demand will be healthy even as supplies dwindle, so prices won’t fall as far as they might.
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Changes back to top
Styling: Given the lame-duck status, don’t expect Chevy to alter the appearance of any Cobalt for 2010. Chevy never was able to make the value-priced Cobalt LS and LT models look like anything but entry-level cars. Extra body trim and bold alloy wheels at least help the sporty Cobalt SS models escape the “I-can’t-afford-much-more” aura. SS models in fact got a revised nose for 2009.
Mechanical: Likely little change to the powertrains, which get the job done in surprisingly good fashion. Chevy updated Cobalt’s base engine for 2009, boosting it to a useful 155 horsepower and even increasing fuel economy slightly. A turbocharged 260-horsepower four-cylinder makes SS versions genuinely entertaining.
Features: Nothing much to add, mostly because Cobalt has always offered a nice array of standard equipment and options. Antilock brakes unfortunately cost extra on LS and LT versions, but you can get niceties such as leather upholstery and remote engine start. SS versions come with Brembo-brand front brakes and can be ordered with a dashboard display that shows 0-60 mph times and other performance data. Instead of a navigation system, however, Coblat owners have to rely on the turn-by-turn voice instructions from the optional OnStar service
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Prices back to top
Cobalt comes as a two-door-coupe and four-door-sedan, and Chevy prices them the same, starting at an appealing $15,000 or so, including destination charges. That gets you the 155-horsepower engine, air conditioning, split-folding rear seats, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, among other standard features. Another $1,000 or so adds power windows, locks and mirrors and remote keyless entry. Automatic transmission costs an additional $1,000 or so. SS versions are a decent buy starting around $23,000.
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Fuel Economy back to top
Cobalt LS and LT models rate around 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway with manual transmission and around 22/34 with automatic. SS versions rate 22/30 and come only with manual transmission.
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Release Date back to top
Look for the 2010 Cobalt in showrooms in late-summer 2009.
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Competition back to top
Hyundai Elantra: The low-priced compact-class leader for standard features, build quality and most-for-your-money interior décor. It’s no excitement machine and doesn’t offer a coupe body style, but this South Korean sedan is an inspiring value. The current Elantra debuted for the 2007 model year and gets redesigned again for 2011 or 2012.
Ford Focus: Like the 2010 Cobalt, the 2010 Ford Focus is a limping survivor with a far-more-modern replacement due for 2011. It’s the closest domestic-brand alternative to the Cobalt, offers a thrifty sedan and coupe variants and a sliver more refinement and roominess. But Focus has nothing to match the Cobalt SS.
Nissan Versa: It takes a left-handed approach to styling, but the result is a huge cabin – especially in the hatchback version – and road manners that rival those of many costlier cars. Versa was introduced as a 2006 model and won’t be significantly altered until model-year 2012 or so.