...The Cobalt SS gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes an impressive 260 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, but the only transmission available is a five-speed manual. In testing, we launched a Cobalt SS coupe from zero to 60 mph in a blistering 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 (ABS) is optional on the LS and LT and...
...in a compromise, use an electric hydraulic pump rather than one driven off the engine. Whether it's the motor location or some other issue, GM hasn't gotten it yet. The main problem is in steering feel and the level of assist. In addition, the Cobalt SS' wheel snaps back to center too quickly after a turn, a distinctly unnatural characteristic. (It's even more frustrating because an electric system's assist level theoretically could be infinitely variable with speed or other factors.) This is all a shame because the steering is otherwise good: The steering ratio is faster than the regular...
...The 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt is what it is, and that’s a good value for a compact car.
...Bluetooth connectivity is available. Standard equipment includes: New option package includes Bluetooth compatibility, USB input, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, OnStar and 16-inch aluminum wheels CD stereo with MP3 jack standard Available air conditioning XM Satellite Radio (subscription sold separately) Driver information center Under the Hood LS and LT models use a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. The SS model uses a turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which uses direct injection. The LS and LT are available with a five-speed...
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