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2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Review

With its expressive style and all-around proficiency, the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt competes effectively against the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Ford Focus. The Cobalt is quiet and refined for a small car. Built on a strong platform, it delivers crisp handling and a smooth ride. If you're looking for inexpensive, high-value transportation, the Cobalt is worth a look. The SS models offer a more dynamic driving experience. Quick, responsive handling and brisk acceleration performance along with a sporty-sounding exhaust note make the supercharged coupe entertaining to drive, a sport compact that can more than hold its own in the class.

Cobalt Trim and Powertrain

The 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt is available in two body styles: two-door coupe and four-door sedan. Three different engines are available with suspensions tuned to match. 

The LS, LT, and LTZ models are powered by a 148-horsepower 2.2-liter engine and use the FE1 suspension.

The LS sedan and coupe come standard with air conditioning, cloth upholstery with height-adjustable front seats and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, automatic headlights, electric rear defogger, tilt steering column, CD player with auxiliary jack, and a driver information center. LS models come with wind-up windows and manually operated mirrors, front disc/rear drum brakes, and 15-inch wheels and tires. LS models have a body-color grille and door handles. They offer a choice of five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic.

The LT sedan and coupe get power windows and door locks, anti-lock brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels. LT comes standard with a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic.

The LTZ sedan is a premium model that comes standard with the automatic transmission, along with upgraded audio and premium trim.

SS coupe and sedan get a 173-hp 2.4-liter engine, the FE3 sports suspension, 17-inch wheels and high performance tires. SS also gets upgraded cloth, special body-color trim and other upgrades. SS models are available with the five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

SS Supercharged coupe features a 205-hp 2.0-liter engine, the high-performance FE5 suspension, and 18-inch wheels with high-performance tires

Cobalt Handling

The Chevrolet Cobalt is quite pleasant to drive, especially the SS models. Chevrolet put considerable effort into special door seals, sandwich steel panels, thick carpets and pads, noise blockers and noise absorbers throughout the front, middle and rear of the car. As a result, normal front-seat conversation is possible at speeds above 90 mph. The supercharged engine in the Cobalt SS Supercharged offers remarkable power even at lower RPMs.

Interior for 2007

Instruments are large, well placed, and easy to read, with nice graphic treatment throughout. Cobalt uses different seats in the different trim levels, each with detail changes in foam, padding and trim. There is plenty of fore/aft and rake adjustment for a tall driver, plus seat height adjustment with a ratcheting handle. The available Pioneer seven-speaker sound system with the Delphi AM/FM/CD and XM Satellite Radio delivers good sound and includes a huge subwoofer mounted on the left side trunk wall. The heating, ventilation and defroster system work quickly and intuitively.

The LS comes with manually operated windows.

Cobalt does not use space-eating gooseneck hinges on its deck lid, opting instead for simple outside corner hinges and two hydraulic assist struts. The coupe has a small trunk opening, making it difficult to fit a thick suitcase

2007 Cobalt Design

The Chevy Cobalt is built on GM's Delta platform, which it shares with the new Saturn Astra and European-market Opel Astra. But with its single-bar grille and bowtie emblem, it looks like a proper Chevrolet small car right down to its shoes and socks. Body panel fits are extremely tight; so tight in fact, that there are no rubber trim gaskets around the compound complex headlamps. The sedan features a more modern roofline sweep. The SS coupe and sedan models have a small rear spoiler, while the SS Supercharged coupe carries a huge, tall rear spoiler than says it's a serious sport compact. The 2007 Cobalt is longer, wider and lower than most of its direct competitors and its interior dimensions and trunk capacity are comparable for the class.


Safety features include dual-stage front air bags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, rear center shoulder belts, and the LATCH child seat retention system. All but LS come standard with anti-lock brakes (ABS). Head curtain side air bags designed to provide extra head protection are optional.

The Chevrolet Cobalt will satisfy the needs of drivers looking for economy of price, economy of operation, and a nice, quiet ride. The 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt is a handsome, well-equipped car. The standard engine could offer more responsive low-end power. The SS models are fun to drive, particularly the Cobalt SS Supercharged coupe.

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