Used 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
List price range
$4,995 - $9,599

Pros

  • Respectable fuel economy, smooth ride, quiet cabin, excellent performance in SS trim.

Cons

  • Cramped backseat, lack of interior storage, dull handling (except for the SS), mediocre fit and finish.

Used 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan for Sale

Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 LT 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
113,544 miles
Used 2009
Chevrolet Cobalt
LT
List$4,995
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 LT 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
31,251 miles
Used 2009
Chevrolet Cobalt
LT
List$6,795
Est.Loan: $139/mo
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Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 LT 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
74,816 miles
Used 2009
Chevrolet Cobalt
LT
List$6,888
Est.Loan: $141/mo
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Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 LT 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
55,590 miles
Used 2009
Chevrolet Cobalt
LT
CarMax
54.5 mi away
List$9,599
Est.Loan: $196/mo
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Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 LS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
177,886 miles
Used 2009
Chevrolet Cobalt
LS
List$4,995
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 LT 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
82,001 miles
Used 2009
Chevrolet Cobalt
LT
Diehl's Ford Sales
98.3 mi away
List$5,999
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 LT 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
88,084 miles
Used 2009
Chevrolet Cobalt
LT
2000 Bennet Ave
91.7 mi away
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Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 LT 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
64,132 miles
Used 2009
Chevrolet Cobalt
LT
Lancaster Mazda
95 mi away
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Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 LT 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
100,033 miles
Used 2009
Chevrolet Cobalt
LT
List$5,616
Est.Loan: $115/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Aside from the hot SS model, the 2009 Chevy Cobalt is behind the class leaders in terms of handling, seat comfort, build quality and overall refinement.

vehicle overview

Believe it or not, but the Chevrolet Cobalt is one of the top five best-selling compact cars month to month and occasionally outsells the Ford Focus, one of its main competitors. And with roughly 40 compact cars to choose from for 2009, that means the Cobalt is quite popular, even if names like Civic and Corolla seem to grab more headlines.

Affordability is easily the Cobalt's strongest selling point, as the base model is priced just over $14,000 -- again directly in line with other popular compacts. It also has strong performance potential via the turbocharged SS model, which comes equipped with an impressive 260-horsepower engine. Standard OnStar and an available USB port and Bluetooth further enhance the 2009 Cobalt's appeal. Buyers looking for a quiet commuter car that gets decent fuel economy will want to opt for the XFE package that combines a modified engine computer, manual transmission and low-rolling-resistance tires in an effort to squeeze a few more mpg out of the Cobalt's 2.2-liter engine.

However, competitors like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3 offer similar fuel economy wrapped in a more attractive package. Those cars also have nicer interiors and higher-quality materials throughout. Seat comfort is another area where the 2009 Chevy Cobalt generally falls short, although the SS model's sport seats are first-rate. In fact, the SS is the best car in the Cobalt lineup.

Overall, as big as the sales numbers happen to be (which are certainly padded via sales to rental fleets), the Cobalt LS and LT are simply adequate transportation and are not up to par when compared to cars like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3 and Mitsubishi Lancer. All are better-looking, more fun to drive and offer a noticeable step up in terms of interior comfort and quality.

trim levels & features

The 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt is available in compact sedan and coupe body styles, each split into LS, LT and SS trim levels. Standard features on the LS include 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, OnStar, air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, a 60/40-split rear seat, a trip computer and a four-speaker stereo with CD/MP3 player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The LT adds power accessories, remote door locks, upgraded front seats and a front center armrest. On top of that, the LT allows more options like the 2LT Package with an automatic transmission, traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes, remote vehicle starter system, a cargo net, cruise control, body-color side moldings and 16 inch aluminum wheels.

The LT trim level also allows you to order the new Sport Appearance package that includes a rear spoiler, front foglamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, reworked front and rear fascias, Bluetooth, white-faced sport gauges and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote audio and cruise controls. Other notable individual options on the LT include a Pioneer sound system, USB port, sunroof and a remote start feature. Finally, the SS adds a turbocharged engine, 18-inch wheels, an exclusive sport-tuned suspension, Brembo front brakes, unique exterior and interior styling cues, sport seats covered with a suedelike material, Bluetooth and a turbo boost gauge. A limited-slip front differential is optional for the SS.

performance & mpg

With the demise of the Cobalt Sport, the car now has only two engine options: a 2.2-liter inline four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. The 2.2-liter engine is normally aspirated and powers LS and LT models with 155 hp and 150 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission for LS and LT models is a five-speed manual, with a four-speed automatic available as an option. The base manual is badged the XFE, which indicates its extra fuel economy. As it is, the XFE gets 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined. The automatic-equipped LS and LT achieve 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined.

The SS features the more potent 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes an impressive 260 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is the only transmission offered on the SS. In testing, we launched a Cobalt SS coupe from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Fuel economy doesn't suffer much either, as it rates 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.

safety

Full-length side curtain airbags are standard on all Cobalts. Most Cobalts have a front-disc/rear-drum brake setup; SS models have performance-tuned four-wheel disc brakes. Antilock braking is optional on the LS and LT and standard on the SS. ABS-equipped models with automatic transmissions come equipped with standard traction control.

In frontal government crash tests, both Cobalt body styles received four out of five stars for driver protection and a perfect five stars for passenger protection. In side impacts, the Cobalt sedan got only three stars for front seat passengers and five stars for the rear. The Cobalt coupe yielded four stars for the front and rear seats. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset crash test, the Cobalt sedan received the highest score of "Good," while in side crash tests, the Cobalt sedan received the second-highest score of "Acceptable." If your local car rental shop has Cobalts to rent, keep in mind that Cobalts sold to fleets might not come standard with side curtain airbags -- without the side airbags, the Cobalt scored the lowest "Poor" rating in the IIHS side test.

driving

The 2.2-liter engine provides adequate power for just about any situation and can feel somewhat lively compared to other compact sedans with smaller engines. Commuters will enjoy the 2009 Chevy Cobalt's smooth, quiet ride, but the car's handling is less impressive. The suspension allows too much body roll and the electric steering is slow, and doesn't offer a good feel for the road. XFE-badged Cobalts fare even worse with the lack of grip from the low-rolling-resistance tires that significantly lengthen stopping distances and limit cornering ability.

It's only in SS trim that the Cobalt comes into its own as a legitimate driver's car. Acceleration is impressive -- Chevrolet says the SS will sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds -- and braking and handling are top-notch. The Cobalt SS may not be the most refined sport compact on the market, but we can't argue with its performance, which rivals that of pint-sized powerhouses like the Mazdaspeed 3.

interior

Inside, attractive gauges and a full-featured stereo head unit give the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt a modern feel. Still, the design is plain unless you upgrade with the Sport Appearance package or the full SS trim. Interior materials quality is also disappointing, even at this modest price level, as is front seat comfort. The same goes for the rear seat where the bench is flat and low. The SS model's front sport seats, though, are so good that they remind us of the Recaro seats in the old SS Supercharged, even though they're made by GM's Performance Division this time around.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt.

DRIVERS BEWARE!
vlk, 6/28/2012
Driving on I-10 on a clear morning, going at 70 mph, not sleepy, not distracted... the 2009 Chevy Cobalt I was driving started to swerve uncontrollably, then went off to the grassy embankment & rolled on its side at least twice. It finally landed on its passenger side against some small trees. The front wheel broke off along with its axle. The airbags did not deplore. Miraculously no one was seriously hurt! I was lucky, but no telling how the next accident of this sort will end up. GM is totally unresponsive & denies any responsibility. Something had to be wrong with the vehicle! There was just no other explanation. This is not about law suits. It is about consumer safety! BEWARE
2009 Chevy Cobalt LT
Thomas, 4/22/2010
I got this car to replace my 02 VW Passat because it was starting to cost me anywhere from $1000 to $2000 every other month in repairs. The Cobalt reminds me of a cross between Toyota Corolla and a Toyota Yaris without the dorky exterior of a Yaris. It drives fairly well and has zero blind spots.
Regret after regret
rkammer, 11/7/2012
This car was my first brand-new car purchase. The first weekend I had it, I had to take it back to the dealer because it had rained where I live and my entire trunk was soaking wet. The rear windshield had not been sealed and they had to replace the carpeting in my trunk and rear dash board. Since then, my now three year old car has been recalled 4 times. In my opinion, that is excessive. I wish I could get every penny back I spent on this car, and to top it off, customer service with GM has been terrible. This car has convinced me I will never buy any GM product ever again.
great affordable family car
shotgun1496, 7/26/2012
love the car. there is power when you need it, rides good, got rather loud over the years, my only complaint it the brakes they squeal all the time, the even did it about a week after buying it. the cheap plastic interior sucks, but its a good car
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Features & Specs

MPG
25 city / 35 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
155 hp @ 6100 rpm
MPG
25 city / 35 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
155 hp @ 6100 rpm
MPG
25 city / 37 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
155 hp @ 6100 rpm
MPG
22 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
260 hp @ 5300 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Poor
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
Used 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan Overview

The Used 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan is offered in the following styles: LS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M), LT 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M), XFE 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M), and SS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

What's a good price on a Used 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan?

Price comparisons for Used 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan trim styles:

  • The Used 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan LT is priced between $4,995 and$9,599 with odometer readings between 31251 and113544 miles.
  • The Used 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan LS is priced between $4,995 and$4,995 with odometer readings between 177886 and177886 miles.

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