My Cobalt is light years better than the Saturn ION it replaced. Interior material quality and fit and finish is up there with the best from Japan, and performance is like that of a European car. It's the best of all worlds.
Fit and finish, sound from Pioneer audio system, color and trim choices.
Have 4-wheel disc brakes, a 5-speed automatic transmission (the Ion had this in 03-04) and side airbags be standard equipment.