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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt vs. Its Competition

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LS
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Nearly all of the Cobalt's rivals have been redesigned in recent years, except for the Corolla, which is due for a full face-lift for 2009.

And like the Cobalt, the Ford Focus and Honda Civic are available in coupe or sedan versions; the Ford Focus was just restyled for 2008 and has a very refined, attractive, and quite roomy interior, while the Civic feels especially nimble and responsive on the road, though it's tight on backseat headroom.

The Sentra, Elantra, and Corolla are each very well-designed small sedans, conservative and basic but more refined and just as roomy, if not more so.

Ride comfort is one of few categories where the Cobalt has an edge.

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LS2008 Chevrolet Cobalt2009 Toyota Corolla 2009 Toyota Corolla2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Focus2004 Honda Civic 2-door Coupe EX Auto Side Exterior View2004 Honda Civic Classic
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The Cobalt is cheap and comfortable, and it performs reasonably well, but it's past its prime.
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The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
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The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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$14,410Browse Used Listings$15,350Browse Used Listings$14,395Browse Used Listings$13,010Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe LS4-Door Sedan Manual (SE)2-Door Coupe SClassic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
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