2009 Chevrolet Cobalt - Road Test Specs

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan

(2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)
Vehicle
Model year2009
MakeChevrolet
ModelCobalt
StyleLS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$15,660
Options on test vehicleAntilock Brakes ($400); Protection Package ($180 -- includes floor mats and body-side moldings); Spare Tire and Wheel ($75).
As-tested MSRP$16,325
Drivetrain
Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,198cc (134 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/Aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC 4 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0:1
Redline (rpm)6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)155 @ 6,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)150 @ 4,900
Transmission type5-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 3.58, II = 2.02, III = 1.35, IV = 0.98, IV = 0.69, FD = 3.63, R= 3.31
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent, torsion beam, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional electric-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.6:1
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelTouringContact AS (M+S)
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP195/60R15 87S
Tire size, rearP195/60R15 87S
Wheel size15-by-6 inches front and rear
Wheel materialSteel with hubcaps
Brakes, front10.7-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rearDrum
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph (sec.)8.5
0-75 mph (sec.)12.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.4 @ 86.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)36
60-0 mph (ft.)146
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.9
@ Full throttle (dB)76.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.5
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsEven with the low-grip high-mileage tires, it takes some doing to keep the tires spinning for a good launch. The shifter is surprisingly good with short, positive throws and well-defined gates. Nissan could learn something here. Low-end torque usually means power wanes in upper revs, but somehow this Cobalt still pulls hard in the upper revs as well.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsWe weren't expecting excellent brakes, but we weren't expecting poor brakes either. Front-disc combined with rear-drum brakes mean the ABS cycling has to be slow, but the hard, skinny, 33-psi tires really exacerbate the liability. Long (150-plus feet) stops were common with one 146-foot best and there was some directional instability, too. I'd hate to think what this car would do without the $400 ABS option.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: Screeching tires all the way around, yet there's decent balance despite it -- just a very low-grip threshold. Steering is really, really light and obviously electric assist. Slalom: Because the steering is so light and doesn't build enough resistence at speed, it's pretty easy to get the car out of shape in a hurry (like in a video game). You can even provoke lurid oversteer with a Scandinavian flick. Because stability control is not even an option, the best run was the cleanest/gentlest technique. Control is quite good even if the limits are low.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)88.7
Wind (mph, direction)3.4 SW
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)25 city/37 highway/30 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)22 worst / 29 Best / 25 Average
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,780
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,827
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60/40
Length (in.)180.3
Width (in.)67.9
Height (in.)57.1
Wheelbase (in.)103.3
Track, front (in.)58.7
Track, rear (in.)58.1
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)33.7
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Headroom, rear (in.)37.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)51.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)60/40 split-fold is standard -- no volume given
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot available
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesOptional
Electronic brake enhancementsOptional
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlNot available
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front3 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear4 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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