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STYLING | 6 out of 10
The interiors...are attractive, if rather basic
Kelley Blue Book
Available Sport appearance package with spoiler, body molding, 17-inch wheels and other items
Neat, logical dashboard
For 2009, Chevrolet has changed the model lineup and added an optional Sport Appearance Package to its compact Chevrolet Cobalt. However, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that Chevrolet needs to do more to make base versions of the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt more visually exciting.
Reviewers at ConsumerGuide report that the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt "comes as a 2-door coupe or a 4-door sedan in LS, LT, and high-performance SS trims," while also noting that "the SS sedan is new for 2009." The Chevrolet Cobalt SS is definitely the class standout in the styling department, and The Auto Channel says that it is "dressed up with unique front and rear fascias, slightly lowered ride height and increased track, special rocker molding, standard rear wing...and some great, vivid colors." Reviewers are less kind to the LS and LT trims, though, as Car and Driver rips into the "generic, character-free...exterior design" that they claim is "already a step behind the competition when the car launched in 2005." For those who don't want to shell out the extra money for a Chevrolet Cobalt SS but still want the better styling, ConsumerGuide states that the Sport Appearance Package adds the "fog lights, body cladding, rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tip...[and] polished alloy wheels" from the SS for just $795.
Despite the exterior differences on the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt lineup, once you are behind the steering wheel, the styling story is the same for all Chevrolet Cobalts. The interior of this compact 2009 Chevrolet is functional, but certainly not at the cutting edge of interior design. ConsumerGuide reviewers appreciate the "neat, logical dashboard," although some of "the gauges [are] a tad small and recessed too far into the cluster for easy reading." Kelley Blue Book reports that "the interiors, crafted to offer five-passenger seating, are attractive, if rather basic." On the negative side once again is Car and Driver, where testers deride the "cheap-looking interior" on the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. Edmunds splits the difference between these opinions, finding that the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt has "a modern feel," but when "compared to the interiors of the Honda Civic or Saturn Astra the Cobalt's design seems rather bland."
Even with SS styling now optional across the lineup, the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt is in urgent need of a makeover—especially inside.