My particular model (Cobalt SS Turbocharged) is great fun for the money and can make some serious power when a few minor tweaks are done to it. Although the power it makes out of the box is pretty dar...
My particular model (Cobalt SS Turbocharged) is great fun for the money and can make some serious power when a few minor tweaks are done to it. Although the power it makes out of the box is pretty darn good! Very reliable, has never given me any problems or concerns after nearly 20k miles on it. The only thing that is not that great is the factory tires...while they do provide for pretty decent grip in most weather conditions (except snow because they are summer only tires) they did not last very long. They were bald...and I mean BALD...by about 18k. The interior is a bit dull when compared to other cars in this segment like the MazdaSpeed3, the GTI, and the Civic SI. But for the money, you can run rings around all of that lot!
As for fuel efficiency....What more could I as for? I generally baby it with the very infrequent trip to the race track and "spirited" driving down some windy back roads...but other than that I see on average about 33-35mpgs on the highway and about 23-24 in the city. Great little car and when I did a lot of highway driving back and forth to work when it was further away I used to see about 350-380 miles on a single tank. Pretty impressive for a car at this performance level.
The well bolstered seats are surprisingly comfortable, even on longer trips they are very good. But they really shine when you take some bends...They hold you firmly in your seat while not being too intruding like the seats in an SRT-4 for example.
The premium Pioneer radio that the SS model is equipped with is quite good and doesn't need any upgrades what-so-ever. Very user friendly interface and the controls on the steering wheel are a great complement especially the big mute button which comes in handy any time you get a phone call.
I wish I had waited for the next model year when the sedan came out as the extra interior space and more usable back seats would have been nice. On the coupes, you do get a slightly better rear design and a more aggressive rear fascia, but the back seats are nearly unusable if you are a taller person in the driver seat like myself.
There are only two things that I wish this car was equipped with (and trust me if they were optional I would have gotten them). One is a telescoping steering wheel. If you are a taller person it takes A LOT of fiddling around with seat height and position to get pedal position/steering wheel position just right in this car...and God forbid someone else drives your car and messes everything up..because then you will spend the next 15 minutes trying to get your "spot" back and cursing that person's name. The other thing is heated seats. The 05-07 SS models had them but they took them away for 08-10...not sure what the logic there was but I wish they hadn't done that.
The one option I 100% do recommend if you do any form of track racing, auto crossing, road-course racing, or most importantly..winter driving...is the Limited Slip Differential. MAKE SURE your car is equipped with this option as it made winter driving a breeze and hugs corners and accelerates out of them without spinning the inside wheel when racing.
As for interior quality...eh...LOTS of hard plastics and I wish they had done a slightly better job with the touch points but like I said...for the money...those things are made up for elsewhere in he car.
Overall, would I buy this car again? Oh yes...but I would get the Sedan SS instead!