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2011 Chevrolet Cobalt

The Chevrolet Cobalt comes in two forms, two door coupe or five door family sedan. The Cobalt comes nine trim level starting from the Base Coupe to top-end SS Turbocharged Coupe. The Fuel-efficient Cobalt combines both performance and comfort specially the top-end SS.

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2011 chevrolet cobalt

The Chevrolet Cobalt Base, LS and LT shares same 2.2-liter inline four-cylinder engine producing 155 horsepower and 150lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is the standard transmission, with a four-speed automatic available as an option for the LS and LT.


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Fuel economy with the manual transmission is 25mpg in the city, 35mpg on the highway and 29mpg combined. The Cobalt with the automatic transmission achieves 24mpg in the city, 33mpg on the highway and 27mpg combined.

The top-end Cobalt SS Coupe is equipped with a 2.0liter turbocharged inline-4 engine producing 260 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is a five-speed manual achieving 22mpg in the city, 30mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined.

The base Cobalt Base is equipped with a 60/40-split rear seat with a trunk pass-through, 15-inch steel wheels, OnStar, a tilt steering wheel, satellite radio, a trip computer and a four-speaker stereo with CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Cobalt LS adds air-conditioning. The LT adds upgraded front seats, full power accessories and a front center armrest. The 2LT Sedan and Coupe adds 16-inch alloy wheels, antilock brakes and cruise control.

The optional features in Chevy Cobalt LT includes bluetooth, 16-inch aluminum wheels, antilock brakes, a USB port for the audio system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls as a package called “MyLink”. Another package “Sun and Sound” adds a sunroof and a premium Pioneer seven-speaker sound system. The “Sports” package adds 17inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, front foglamps, reworked front and rear fascias, Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote audio and cruise controls in Cobalt LT. Most of these features are available as individual options too.

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The top-level Cobalt SS adds an exclusive sport-tuned suspension, sport seats covered with a suedelike material, 18-inch wheels shod with performance tires, Brembo front brakes, unique exterior and interior styling cues, a sunroof, the premium Pioneer stereo and Bluetooth.

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 standard on the 2LT and SS. ABS-equipped models with automatic transmissions come equipped with standard traction control. Side airbags and stability control aren’t offered.

Safety features includes Front and rear head airbags, immobilizer, dusk sensing headlamps, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, emergency interior trunk release, tire pressure monitoring as standard.

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2011 Chevrolet Aveo

Remember your first new car?

If you’re like a lot of consumers, it was a small, low-priced car, and it

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2011 chevrolet aveo

meant the world to you back then—not just for transportation but because it epitomized freedom, independence and growing up.

This is the kind of feeling that the newly refreshed-for-2007 Chevrolet Aveo can engender for entry buyers today.

Indeed, considering Chevy’s Aveo has


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the lowest starting price of all 2007 new cars in America, including Japanese and Korean brands, a lot of shoppers could find it liberating—especially for the pocketbook.

How liberating?

In contrast to the average new vehicle price today of well over $25,000, the starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price for a base Aveo5—a 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback—is just $9,995. The 2007 Aveo sedan, with seats for five and more standard equipment, starts at just over $12,000.

Some nice features

Yet, the Aveo, which was restyled and made a bit larger for the 2007 model year, doesn’t look cheap, particularly when optional fog lights are added at the front to dress it up.

The Aveo also has several nice standard features and a commendable fuel economy rating of

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27 miles a gallon in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway with manual transmission. When fitted with an automatic, the Aveo is rated at 26/34 mpg. These figures put the Aveo in the top third of small cars for fuel mileage.

About safety equipment …

The biggest drawback: The Aveo doesn’t have curtain airbags—either standard or optional—and did worse in a government crash test rating for front-passenger protection in a frontal crash as a 2007 model than it did as a 2006.

In contrast, major competitors like the 2007 Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio, whose starting prices is less than $1,000 more than the Aveo’s, include standard curtain airbags that are designed to help protect against head injuries for both front and back-seat passengers.

Note that the Aveo, like the Accent and Rio, has standard side-mounted airbags that deploy from the sides of the front seats as well as the government-mandated front airbags.

Small, pleasing car

Small, low-priced cars tend to come with 4-cylinder engines only, and the Aveo is no exception.

It’s powered by a 1.6-liter double overhead cam inline 4 cylinder that generates 103 horsepower, which is about on par with others in its competitive class.

I know that the 103 horses don’t sound like much. But remember the Aveo is relatively lightweight at around 2,550 pounds. In fact, it would take two Aveos to equal the weight of one Chevrolet Tahoe sport-utility vehicle.

With torque of 107 lb-ft peaking at 3400 rpm, the test Aveo sedan with automatic had an almost peppy feel in city traffic as it carried me and another passenger.

Highway travel was better than expected, too, though I made sure to plan for passing maneuvers. The engine needed time to gather momentum at highway speeds for passing, especially when I had four adults and some luggage traveling with me.

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2011 chevrolet aveo

Interior improvements

What I liked most about the Aveo is the interior. It’s neither gimmicky nor bare, and the car’s tall roofline and large side windows convey a spacious feel.

The Aveo driver gets a pull-down armrest on the inside of the seat—something not often found on vehicles in this class.

Front sun visors include mirrors, and manual height adjustment for the driver seat gave me a comfortable, high driving position to see over the dashboard and even into cars ahead.

Also appreciated was the excellent dead pedal—a foot-sized, flat, bracing point—that was well-positioned for my use.

The mix of materials on the Aveo dashboard and doors looks good, and the Aveo’s new, straightforward audio controls and decent sound are better than in some competitors.

Even the Aveo’s horn is better than competitors’ cheap, “little car” tone.

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2011 chevrolet aveo

Korean-built Chevrolet

Despite its prominent Chevy bowtie, the Aveo is built in South Korea.

In 2002, Chevy’s parent company, General Motors Corp., took control of the struggling auto-making business of South Korea’s Daewoo, which makes the Aveo.

The Aveo won’t be the last Asian import rebadged for a domestic brand.

Officials at other automakers have been talking about importing a small car from China in coming years.

A final note: The Aveo comes with GM’s upgraded new-car warranty coverage which includes limited powertrain coverage for five years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Comprehensive coverage goes for three years/36,000 miles.

This isn’t quite as generous as the overall warranty package at Hyundai and Kia, where buyers of new models receive limited powertrain coverage lasting 10 years/100,000 miles and where bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage lasts for five years/60,000 miles.

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