2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Review – Watch CNET’s Video Review

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The good: The engine in the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS uses advanced tech to achieve excellent power and torque, while good suspension tuning helps the car handle the turns. A USB port on the stereo works with an iPod or a USB thumbdrive, and the Pioneer audio system delivers solid bass.

The bad: This not-particularly-stylish car doesn’t have an in-cabin navigation system. Interior materials are appropriate for a car costing a few thousand dollars less.

The bottom line: The 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS delivers an excellent sport-driving experience, but can work as an economy commuter when driven more carefully, with the added pleasure of full iPod connectivity.

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

All of the other automotive journalists were talking up the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS, but we remained skeptical. Car and Driver calls it freaky fast and fun on a twisty road. Road and Track thinks it might be the most underrated car in the world.

According to Winding Road . the real draw of the Cobalt SS is the driving experience. But this was a Cobalt, a low-end economy car from Chevrolet. Could it really be that good?

A fast start with wheel-spinning furor convinced us it might just be the case. Solid cornering, with little drama or body roll, showed us this car could redeem GM in the small car segment.

Chevy tried to dial out the torque steer, but under the right conditions, the steering wheel will turn violently to the right.

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For our first test, we took the traction control off, revved up the engine, then dropped the hammer. We gripped the wheel as the front tires spun, the car making little forward progress. Backing off on the gas to give the tires a chance to grip, the Cobalt SS bolted forward.

Throughout, we maintained a good grip on the wheel and didn’t feel significant torque steer. It seemed as if the car got the torque steer out of its system while the wheels were spinning.

We tried the same heavy acceleration test with traction control on. The Cobalt let the front tires spin, but not nearly as much as with traction control off. This time, the intermittent grip afforded by the traction control sent the car careening off to the right, torque steering having reared its ugly head to such a degree that we had to back off quicker than with the previous test.

Our next two tests involved moderate acceleration, this time with hands off the steering wheel. We turned off the traction control, revved up more moderately than on the previous tests, and let off the clutch pedal. There was minor wheel spin and the wheel immediately cranked around about 45 degrees to the right, indicating serious torque steer.

The traction control button can put the car into competition mode, which features launch control.

Finally, we repeated the same test with traction control on. This time, we got very little wheel spin, and the steering wheel remained straight. This test showed us that when traction control wasn’t being overtaxed, torque steer was virtually eliminated, suggesting that Chevy engineers put good work into refining the control characteristics of the Cobalt SS.

We also ran a test with launch control on, a feature activated by hitting the traction control button twice. We revved up the engine and dropped the clutch again. The tires squealed loudly, but gripped enough to get the car moving fast.

We kept a tight hold on the steering wheel, and didn’t notice excessive torque steer.

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