2005 Chevrolet Cobalt LT Review – Watch CNET’s Video Review

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The good: XM satellite radio.

The bad: Low economy for its class; lacks electronics.

The bottom line: a few basics, the Chevrolet Cobalt LT little of interest for the tech-minded

With its all-new 2005 LT, Chevrolet attempts to crack the compact-sedan segment by making a car people will want to as opposed to a car they can merely While it won’t be mistaken for a luxury car, it is a great upon its predecessor, the Cavalier, better build quality and a amount of interior space for its size. Both sedan and body styles are offered.

both share front metal that bears an family resemblance to Chevy’s Malibu sedan, distinction the coupes and sedans is greater usual.

At the top of the sedan line is our car, the 2005 Chevrolet LT, which is oriented toward and convenience, with standard seating and automatic transmission, as as OnStar and XM satellite radio Like almost all the other models, it uses the 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, which is one of the powerful in the compact class, 145 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque.

At the top of the coupe line is the SS, which emphasizes performance with a supercharged 2.0-liter version of the and a sports-tuned suspension. But that’s car for another review. The base of the Cobalt LT is $18,760 including charge.

Our test car had $1,850 of options, and more are available.

In its the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt LT attention to detail, as well as fit and not heretofore seen in GM’s offerings, although Chevrolet has a way to go reaching perfection. The Cobalt is an car built on GM’s worldwide front-wheel-drive, small-car platform and much greater structural and tighter external and internal gaps.

One-piece side stampings and exposed-edge glass for the windshield and are used, construction techniques associated with luxury than compacts. Also are the soundproofing materials, including a laminate in the instrument-panel mounting The result is a car that is quieter and than the average for the small-car

Fit and finish are at a level never seen in a small GM product, the exception, in our test car, of trim at the rear of the headliner. All have standard air conditioning, power windows on all but the base

XM satellite radio is a $325 with the Chevrolet Cobalt LT.

In and appointment, the 2005 Chevrolet LT’s interior is a cut above the average.

Its clean, European-inspired design a muted two-tone color and plastic wood-grain trim. The are among the most comfortable and in the compact class. Both front seats are manually and have two-level heating Cruise and auxiliary audio are found on the leather-wrapped, manually steering wheel.

Chrome-bezeled further the LT’s upscale look. Two 12-volt power one beneath the center stack and the on the console behind the shift add convenience for cell phone and users.

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Where the 2005 Cobalt LT distinguishes itself is in its of standard and factory-optional electronic A useful information display set the tachometer is standard, as is a good-quality, Pioneer audio system. For the audio system can be upgraded to one automatic tone and volume RDS capability, and the ability to play MP3

An additional $325 gets XM satellite radio, and the OnStar is offered. Upgraders take The Cobalt LT’s center is double-DIN, allowing for serious Combined with the car’s good construction, it would well as a platform for home-brewed or just a kickin’ stereo.

The engine in the 2005 Chevrolet LT is a contemporary lightweight, compact, aluminum-alloy engine with counterrotating balance shafts for vibration and electronic throttle Hydraulic engine and transmission help reduce noise and

Its design and its 2.2-liter displacement it one of the most powerful engines in the class, with 145 horsepower at and 155 pound-feet of torque at 4,000rpm to the front wheels through the 4T45E four-speed automatic The transmission is filled with III fluid and should require no maintenance during its lifetime. the hood, and there is a sound-absorbing cover over the engine and a strut to hold the hood details not normally found in compacts.

A plastic cover over the is designed to muffle noise in the

Power and throttle response are with plenty of torque to the automatic. But the relatively high and displacement result in fuel that, while not bad, is far class leading, and the engine is under full-throttle acceleration. EPA are 24mpg in the city and 32mpg on the according to the car’s computer, we 27mpg in mixed driving.

The Chevrolet Cobalt LT’s specification is standard for the compact with independent front by MacPherson struts and a semi-independent rear axle. The LT, like all but the SS and befitting its comfortable nature, has a suspension tuning that ride comfort above Shock damping is good, the usual highway bumps controlled, although small, bumps produce some

The variable-ratio electric power is, as in most small front-drive light, with little feel. Overall, the Cobalt LT is above average in its category for and average in handling.

The 2005 Cobalt LT is built with and rear crumple zones and a structure designed to protect the tank in a 50mph impact. front air bags may be supplemented side head-curtain bags, a option. Traction control is and OnStar is a $695 option.

are standard for the class, with the in the front and the drums at the rear. is standard in all models except the There is a three-year/36,000-mile general and a five-year/60,000-mile power train

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