I am always suprised to see how low the experts rate the Cobalt. I absolutely love this car! It has great looks, great gas mileage (35+ mpg), and is very comfortable. It seems to be a very well built car, and it is a blast to drive. If I had to buy a sport compact all over again, my choice would not change at all. GM did an excellent job in designing this car. Oh yeah, did I mention the great looks?
The 2.2L engine is pretty strong for a n/a four cylinder and has plenty of low end torque.
It would be nice if GM made the Cobalt with a lower ride from the factory so there would be less wheel gap.