2009 Chevrolet Cobalt vs. Its Competition

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt LS
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Nearly all of the Cobalt's rivals have been redesigned in recent years, and most of them offer a more desirable overall package.

Although the Cobalt has a decent ride, many buyers will be happier with the crisper handling provided by the Honda Civic or Ford Focus.

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—and in the case of the Elantra, especially smooth and refined.

All of these rivals have a better-appointed interior than the Cobalt.

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2009 Toyota Corolla 2009 Toyota Corolla
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2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Focus
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2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS2008 Hyundai Elantra
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Quick Specs
The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value.
The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
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.
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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Style Name    
2-Door Coupe Base4-Door Sedan Manual (SE)2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODCVT
Detailed Spec Comparison
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