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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Good, frontal offset; acceptable, side impact
Four stars, front impact--driver; five stars, front impact--passenger; three stars, side impact--front; four stars, side impact--rear
The tall spoiler on the SS really restricts the view out back
Stability control and four-wheel disc brakes are standard on the Sport and SS models
Car and Driver
The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt scores reasonably well in federal and industry-sponsored crash tests, but star ratings vary by body style and seating position.
The Cobalt two- and four-door models get identical front-impact scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): four stars for the driver, five stars for the passenger. The two-door gets four stars for driver-side impacts; the four-door gets three stars for that position. The two-door gets four stars for passenger-side impacts, while the four-door gets five stars. Got it?
As Car and Driver reports, "Dual front airbags, curtain side-impact airbags, and tire-pressure monitoring are standard across the Cobalt lineup," and "Stability control and four-wheel disc brakes are standard on the Sport and SS models and are not offered on any other Cobalt models."
OnStar emergency services are standard on the 2LT and Sport and optional on the LS and 1LT variants of this Chevrolet 2008 model, reports Car and Driver. Also, models with an automatic transmission and optional anti-lock brakes get traction control as standard equipment.
Finally, ConsumerGuide states, "Visibility is a bit restricted to the right rear in sedans," pointing out that the "tall spoiler on the SS really restricts the view out back."
The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt scores well enough in crash tests, but some models omit important safety gear.