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About the Chevrolet Cobalt

Vehicle Summary

Replacing the Cavalier as Chevrolet's compact car offering, the Chevrolet Cobalt made its debut in 2005 and was produced through the 2010 model year before it was replaced by the Cruze. The Chevrolet Cobalt comes in both two-door coupe and four-door sedan offerings, with seating capacity ranging from four to five people. When it was introduced, the Cobalt stood out from other compact cars in its class by offering generous standard features, such as keyless entry, power windows, and anti-lock brakes. A rigid chassis also delivered an incredibly smooth ride for a car of this size.

When it debuted, the 2005 Cobalt featured a standard 2.2 four-cylinder engine at 145 hp on all but its SS coupe, which received a zesty turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine at 205 hp.

By its final model year in 2010, the same 2.2L four-cylinder was standard on all but the SS trim, which was bumped up to a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder at a whopping 260 hp. The 2010 Cobalt also impressed buyers with standard features that included a four-stereo sound system with built-in MP3 player, 15-inch wheels, and available OnStar® functionality.1

If you're looking for a compact coupe or sedan that's fun to drive and comes in a wide range of configurations to meet your needs, be sure to check out a used Chevrolet Cobalt for yourself. Whether you opt for a coupe or sedan model, you'll enjoy 13.9 cubic feet of trunk space, plus a 60/40-split-folding rear seat and pass-through for added versatility on its 2010 model. Combine this with its nimble handling and smooth ride, and it's easy to envision yourself behind the wheel of this sleek compact car.

1OnStar features require activation and most require a paid OnStar plan to use. Wi-Fi hotspot functionality may also require an additional data plan. Limitations and restrictions apply. See for more information.

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Q: Does the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt have a turbocharged engine?

A: A turbocharged engine is not standard on every 2010 Cobalt, but the SS trim does receive a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine at 260 hp.

Q: What is the fuel economy of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt?

A: Fuel economy on the 2010 Cobalt can vary based on many factors, including body style and engine size. For reference, the front-wheel drive 2010 Cobalt LS sedan with 2.2L four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined.2 Meanwhile, the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS coupe with turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.2

Q: Was the Chevrolet Cobalt discontinued?

A: Yes, the Chevrolet Cobalt's last model year was 2010 before it was replaced by the Chevrolet Cruze.

Q: What is the difference between the Chevrolet Cobalt coupe and sedan?

A: The Cobalt coupe is a two-door car with seating for two people, whereas the sedan is a four-door car with a seating capacity of five passengers.

2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See

Chevrolet Cobalt Trim Configurations

The first-generation Cobalt (2005-2010) was offered in a variety of trim configurations during its years of production. The following feature highlights are based specifically on the 2010 model and can help give you a better idea of what to expect as you shop for a used Cobalt.


  • 15-inch wheels
  • Built-in trip computer
  • Four-speaker stereo system
  • Tilt steering wheel


  • Air conditioning
  • 15-inch wheels
  • Trip computer
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Four-speaker sound system


  • Full power accessories
  • Front center armrest
  • Upgraded front seats


  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Antilock brakes


  • Turbocharged engine
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Sunroof
  • Premium Pioneer® sound system

Reliability Research


RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Cobalt an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Chevrolet Cobalt 7th out of 45 among Compact Cars.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Chevrolet Cobalt is $303, compared to an average of $437 for Compact Cars and $556 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Chevrolet Cobalt owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Compact Cars and 1.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 8% for the Chevrolet Cobalt, compared to an average of 10% for Compact Cars and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more.


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