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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Trims

LS

Avg. Price: $7,974

Affordable and fuel-efficient, the Chevrolet Cobalt LS compact sedan receives a few minor updates for 2008, including a tire-pressure monitoring system, side-curtain airbags, and XM satellite radio. The Cobalt's entry-level LS trim also comes equipped with such standard features as power speed-sensing steering, air conditioning, antilock brakes, traction control, and OnStar.

A 148-horsepower, 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which gets good fuel economy, powers the front-wheel-drive Cobalt LS. The engine links to a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic.

The Cobalt LS gets high marks overall for its economy, build quality, handling, and interior comfort, though naturally legroom suffers due to its compact nature. However, drivers noted that the LS's ride could be rough at times, and that the four-cylinder engine sometimes seemed to struggle and strain under hard acceleration.

LS Coupe

Avg. Price: $8,062

New features for the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LS Coupe include safety features like head side-curtain airbags and a tire-pressure monitoring system, as well as entertainment features like XM satellite radio and an MP3 input jack for the audio system. Other than that, the '08 Cobalt LS Coupe is essentially a carryover from last year, with such features as power speed-sensing steering, air conditioning, antilock brakes, traction control, and OnStar included on the standard equipment list.

A fuel-efficient, 148-horsepower, 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine powers the front-wheel-drive Cobalt LS Coupe. The engine links to a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic.

The Cobalt LS Coupe gets high marks overall for its economy, build quality, handling, and interior comfort, though naturally legroom suffers due to its compact nature, and access to the backseat can be tricky in the coupe due to its long doors. In addition, drivers noted that the LS's ride could be rough at times, and that the coupe's four-cylinder engine sometimes seemed to struggle and strain under hard acceleration.

LT1

Avg. Price: $8,645

Chevrolet adds a tire-pressure monitoring system, side-curtain airbags, and XM satellite to the standard equipment list for the 2008 Cobalt LT1, which is a step above the entry-level LS trim. Other standard features for the LT1 include power windows, a remote keyless entry system, air conditioning, antilock brakes, traction control, and OnStar.

A 148-horsepower, 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine powers the front-wheel-drive Cobalt LT1. Chevy notes that the lightweight aluminum engine has a rigid structure and counter-rotating balance shafts, which help reduce vibration and engine noise. The fuel-efficient engine was also designed for low maintenance. It links to a five-speed manual transmission, which is standard, or an optional four-speed automatic.

Generally, drivers and reviewers give the Chevy Cobalt LT1 high marks for its economy, build quality, handling, and interior comfort, although they note that the rear seat is small and rear legroom is lacking. Some drivers also note that some interior elements have a less-than-quality feel, while others wish the LT1 offered more storage space in the center console.

LT1 Coupe

Avg. Price: $8,577

Chevrolet's Cobalt LT1 subcompact coupe receives a few minor updates for 2008, including a tire-pressure monitoring system, side-curtain airbags, and XM satellite radio. Other standard features for the LT1 Coupe include power windows, a remote keyless entry system, air conditioning, antilock brakes, traction control, and OnStar.

As in last year's car, a 148-horsepower, 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine powers the front-wheel-drive Cobalt LT1 Coupe. The lightweight aluminum engine has a rigid structure and counter-rotating balance shafts, which help reduce vibration and engine noise, according to Chevy. The fuel-efficient engine links to a five-speed manual transmission, which is standard, or an optional four-speed automatic.

Generally, drivers and reviewers give the Chevy Cobalt LT1 Coupe high marks for its economy, build quality, handling, and interior comfort, although they note that the rear seat is small and rear legroom is lacking. In addition, access to the backseat can be tricky due to the coupe's long doors.

LT2

Avg. Price: $8,726

For a small car, the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LT2 offers a decent ride and responsive handling, and its 148-horsepower, 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine ably powers the front-wheel-drive vehicle. What's more, the engine has been designed for fuel efficiency, adding to the Cobalt's economy and affordability.

The Cobalt LT2 comes standard with such features as antilock brakes, power windows, and power door locks, and can be equipped with options such as leather seats, a power sunroof, and traction control, making it a fairly well-equipped subcompact. New features for 2008 include a tire-pressure monitoring system, side-curtain airbags, and XM satellite, adding to the Cobalt LT2's appeal.

Despite its size, the Cobalt LT2 offers plenty of interior space, according to drivers and reviewers, though legroom in the back seat is tight. The Cobalt LT2 is also said to be quiet, thanks to its tight build quality and lightweight aluminum engine, which has a rigid structure and counter-rotating balance shafts, reducing vibration and engine noise. Overall, the Cobalt LT2 offers good value for drivers on a tight budget.

LT2 Coupe

Avg. Price: $8,883

The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LT2 Coupe has a lot going for it, according to drivers and reviewers. Overall ride quality and handling get good marks, as does the coupe's interior, which is comfortable and spacious for a subcompact. However, rear legroom can be tight for adult passengers, and access to the back seat can be tricky due to the coupe's long doors, some drivers note.

The Cobalt LT2 offers good acceleration, thanks to its lightweight, fuel-efficient 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which produces 148 horsepower. The engine links to a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or an optional four-speed automatic.

New features such as a tire-pressure monitoring system, side-curtain airbags, and XM satellite radio have been added to the Cobalt LT2 Coupe's standard equipment list for 2008. Antilock brakes, power windows, power door locks, a remote keyless entry system, and air conditioning also come standard, while options include leather seats, a power sunroof, and traction control.

SS Coupe

Avg. Price: $12,287

Sport

Avg. Price: $9,826

New for 2008, the Chevrolet Cobalt Sport replaces the Cobalt SS, which was dropped from the lineup for '08 due to emissions regulations. And while the Cobalt Sport doesn't offer quite the power of the car it replaces, it does come with a 2.4-liter, high-output Ecotec four-cylinder engine that produces 174 horsepower, 26 more hp than the other trims in the Cobalt lineup. The upgraded engine results in good acceleration, though fuel efficiency suffers just a bit.

Early reviewers have found the Cobalt Sport to be a well-built and reliable subcompact, with a smooth ride and responsive handling. It comes well-equipped with such standard features as traction control and antilock brakes. New features for 2008 include a tire-pressure monitoring system, side-curtain airbags, and XM satellite. Power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, and air conditioning also come standard on the Sport trim, while options such as leather seats, a power sunroof, and traction control are available for those who want a more luxurious interior.

Despite its size, the Cobalt Sport's interior offers plenty of room, according to drivers and reviews. Legroom in the rear can be tight for adults, however.

Sport Coupe

Avg. Price: $9,559

As the high-end coupe in the Cobalt lineup for 2008, the Cobalt Sport Coupe comes nicely equipped with such standard features as traction control, antilock brakes, power windows, power door locks, and remote keyless entry. In addition, new features such as a tire-pressure monitoring system, side-curtain airbags, and XM satellite radio have been added to the standard equipment list. Leather seats, a power sunroof, and traction control are among the options.

The Cobalt Sport Coupe's 2.4-liter, high-output Ecotec four-cylinder engine also distinguishes it from the other trims in the Cobalt lineup. The engine produces 174 horsepower, 26 more hp than other Cobalt trims get. The engine links to a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or an optional four-speed automatic.

The Cobalt Sport Coupe handles well and offers a smooth ride, according to drivers and reviewers. The Sport Coupe also gets good marks for its economy, build quality, and interior space and comfort, though rear-seat legroom is tight for adults. In addition, access to the back seat can be tricky due to the coupe's long doors.