2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vs. Its Competition

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Cobalt has an acceptable ride, but when compared to almost all of its rivals, most of which have been redesigned in the past couple of years, it’s difficult to make a case for it.

For example, the Honda Civic and Ford Focus offer the same variants, such as coupe or sedan versions, and provide better handling in comparison.

The redesign in both also yields more modern, attractive interiors with the only drawback being the Honda Civic’s slightly cramped rear compartment.

Other than these two, even the Corolla, Sentra, and Elantra have more desirable and better-equipped interiors, as well as a better all-around feel.

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Quick Specs
There's not much to recommend on the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, though it does have good fuel economy and a reasonably comfortable interior.
If you've got around $15,000 to spend, the 2010 Ford Focus is a great choice, especially if you are prioritizing safety or comfort.
The 2010 Hyundai Elantra remains a perfectly competent and spacious—if slightly boring—sedan, while the Touring wagon gets a more exciting personality.
The 2010 Nissan Sentra looks plain on the outside and is only offered in one body style, but there's a lot to love for shoppers who value a comfortable, well-appointed interior.
The 2010 Toyota Corolla has two different personalities: a bare-basic entry-level model and the sporty—but pricey—Corolla XRS.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe Base4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual Blue4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.04-Door Sedan Manual (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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