Traded in a 2007 GMC 4x4 pickup due to a job transfer and a 60 mile a day drive to and from work. Took a while to get use to smaller size, I am a 6'2" man, but after a week it is comfortable. Mileage is super, 28 mpg average with spirited driving. Ride comfort is great with SS seats. Handles like it is on rails. Turbo 4 cylinder is fun, runs better than most V8's. To bad GM is stopping production, this car puts a smile on your face.
Overall the new SS is an amazing car for the money and outperforms many cars with much higher price tags. It's really fun to drive. Finally they got it right, everything you would expect in a SS labeled car. Not for those who just want a little sporty car, you'll soon be bothered by the many clicks, clunks and less refined aspects of this performance car. Fuel mileage sold me on this car and I'm not disappointed, averaging 27mpg mixed driving. A cool feature lets you see your instant mileage approx when trying to stretch those mpg's.
When I first stepped into the car I thought it was roomy - I'm 6'6". The seats were very fitting and finally a head rest that met the back of my head. The SS has everything you want - power across the board, not the seats though. Side airbags and a great steering wheel. I wish I had a manual telescoping option, but it's 20K so go figure. If I wanted wood on the dash and in the car, I should be in the backseat ala S500-EL or a Cadillac Deville-EL. I would recommend getting a two tone interior; red/black for victory red, gray/black for the sport tint - very nice combo's
I = 3.38, II = 1.76, III = 1.18, IV = 0.89, V = 0.70, R = 3.17, Final Drive = 3.82
Launch control not as effective as we'd like. This feature will likely produce consistent runs but isn't the quickest way to get the Cobalt down the strip -- at least on the surface we use. Because of this engine's low-rpm torque production and flat torque curve, the best launch technique was to utilize zero wheelspin off the line. Any wheelspin at all considerably increased elapsed time. Flat-shift feature works well and is easy to use.
Consistent, confident pedal feel from first run to last. Brake feel and response were clearly engineered by people who know how brakes should perform on a performance car. It's a little surprising to find it in a Cobalt.
Steering, yaw response and body roll are all very predictable and easy to manage. Bottom line is that the Cobalt SS is a rewarding car to drive around corners. It's stable in fast transitions like the slalom and generates decent grip on the skid pad.