Sep 19, 2005
Reviewed By Jeff Sabatini
Price as Tested $23,410

More grip than Kung-Fu G.I. Joe; anthracite 18-inch wheels far better looking than anything you can buy on the aftermarket; drives as mean and muscular as a ‘Vette.


Hard seats; cheapy center console; trunk opening only slightly larger than a microwave oven; Indy cars have smaller wings, lackluster styling.


When Motor Trend tested the supercharged, 205-hp Cobalt SS, it beat the C6 Corvette’s speed through the 600-foot slalom, erasing all doubts as to whether GM could build a real sport compact. I had more fun behind the wheel of this car than I’ve had in plenty that cost twice as much. Still, the Cobalt SS’s $21,995 base MSRP is two thousand bucks too optimistic, as it really needs to drop below the psychic threshold of $20k. Good thing there are no greater wheeler-dealers right now than Chevy stores.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating