2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

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41 reviews
Available Price Range $2,931-$9,667 Trims8 Combined MPG 26-30 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

Our Take

Launched for 2005, the front-wheel-drive subcompact Cobalt comes in sedan and coupe body styles and is available with several engine, transmission and trim level options. The Cobalt's competit... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Backseat space and entry/exit
  • Seat comfort
  • Noisy engine exhaust
  • Some cheap-looking controls

Notable Features

  • 2.2-liter engine gets variable valve timing
  • Coupe and sedan body styles
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Standard OnStar communication system
  • XM Satellite Radio


Our Expert Reviews

When gas prices peaked in the summer of 2008, automakers quickly turned out models with improved gas mileage to ease consumers' concerns. The race to do so brought Chevrolet's otherwise-underwhelming Cobalt compact car into the spotlight with an XFE (eXtra Fuel Economy) model that bumped the Cobalt's highway rating to a best-in-class 36 mpg.For 2009, there are even more XFEs: Man... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

Based on 41 reviews

Much better car than I expected

by Family Car Guy from Chicago Il on December 27, 2010

Wanted a second inexpensive car for our daughter to use. We also wanted a car with front and side airbags. We found a 2009 Cobalt with stick shift for a good price. My wife and I let our daughter use ... Read Full Review

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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