As a recent college grad, I was looking for something cheap, reliable, efficient, with low miles, and on top of all that I wanted a stick shift. Enter my Chevy Cobalt. I was asking for alot and got it all. My 5 speed averages over 31 mpg, but also has decent acceleration and speed. It won't win any drag races, but it's great at passing on the freeway and when I need a quick boost from an already high sustained speed, I'd swear I was driving a v-6 (my model has the larger engine, but still a 4-banger). It is also very roomy, the adjustable seat belt is nice for a lil' guy like me, the heater's good (important in Wisconsin!), and the XM radio is freakin' sweet. The safety features are also very comprehensive and give me peace of mind. You won't find any bells and whistles (mine doesn't even have power windows-but that's for lazy people anyway) but it's a very good value for the money-I recommend it.
I enjoy my Chevrolet Cobalt it is a definite necessity for my business of comfort for my Older Adult clients and the 4 dorrs is helpful with my 3 year old son in the back seat. I previously had a Cavalier but they have "evolved" into the Cobalt and I am addicted to these cars!
The Colbalt is an overall great car. It isn't necessarily the zippiest, but it is fun to drive and gets pretty good mileage. The interior is comfortable and has excellent safety features. I would recommend it to anyone. I have the 2LT with sunroof and would definitely suggest those upgrades for the "fun" factor and the extras. Having a USB input for an ipod is nice. The windshield is perfect for mounting a GPS. I also absolutely love having remote start. OnStar is wonderful for peace of mind. And the XM free trial is a lot of fun as well. My only complaints so far are that there isn't much storage around the driver, and there is no lock on the glove box. Also, the speedometer isn't very bright during overcast days or dawn or dusk, it's good at night and during daylight. These few things are easily forgiven because of it's other great features. It's a great car!