I started car shopping by looking at and driving everything I could get my hands on. I wanted to spend as little as possible and get a substantial car. I drove a lot of cars. I even drove a Civic. I'm sick of hearing how great a Civic is! The Cobalt drives great for a lot less, especially with GM rebates factored in. I guess if the car was the same price as the Civic, I would be more forgiving. But this Cobalt can be bought for less (thousands), and is just a great car all around. For the money, the Cobalt is a good buy. Honda is doing just fine. Throw GM a bone, they finally have given us a good small car that can be proudly called American.
2.2 Ecotec. Getrag 5 speed. Driving computer with oil life, two trips, average speed, fuel range, fuel economy, and coolant temp. It's fast when you want, calm for normal driving, good on gas, looks sharp. Good handling, not a race car, but's in LS clothes it's not trying to be...
Interior looks nice and modern, like a Nissan Altima, but hard plastic. Some money was saved on materials, but not a ton, and not like a Cavalier. This car can't be compared to a Cav, much more solid.