2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Overview


Looking for a Used Cobalt in your area?

CarGurus has 3,763 nationwide Cobalt listings starting at $1,497.

Average user score
4.1 5 stars
Based on 50 reviews

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Overview

Getting old and looking old, the Chevrolet Cavalier was not able to compete with the more stylish and better performing subcompacts in its class. So in 2005, Chevrolet ditched the Cavalier for a new design utilizing its stiffer Delta platform, improved aerodynamics, and a dressed-up interior. Thus was born the sleeker, more dynamic, more fun Chevrolet Cobalt -- the sophisticated sibling to the blander Aveo subcompact. Available as a sedan or coupe, the improved and peppier ride surprised both reviewers and owners who were expecting a rebadged Cavalier.

The sedan comes as a base, LS and LT; the coupe as a base, LS, or supercharged SS. All but the base feature ABS brakes, power locks and windows, and cruise control, but even the base represents a good value with its CD player, manually adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, and split-folding rear seats that expand the already large trunk. Dual front airbags are standard, with an option for side curtain, and the Cobalt performs adequately in crash tests. All models but the SS are powered by the 145-hp, 2.2-liter Ecotec I4 from the Cavalier, paired with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The SS features a stiffer suspension, larger 18-inch wheels, and a supercharged 2.0-liter I4, delivering 205-hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. It's no street racer, but the Cobalt's light weight doesn't need much horsepower to fly 0-60 in just over six seconds. The SS coupe gets the sports car treatment, with chrome exhaust, ground effects, rocker panels, rounded taillights, and a rear spoiler, which unfortunately causes major blind spots for drivers.

As subcompacts go, the Cobalt is a fun and sporty replacement for the tired Cavalier, and its affordable price is a big draw. Drivers love the crisp handling, sound system, and budget-oriented fuel economy, which clocks in around 24/33 mpg. Major complaints mentioned uncomfortable seats, a small trunk opening for an otherwise spacious trunk, and shallow cupholders.


What's your take on the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt?

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt vs:

    Have you driven a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt?  
    Rank This Car

    Cars compared to 2005 Chevrolet CobaltPeople researching a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt contacted a dealer about


    Looking for a Used Cobalt in your area?

    CarGurus has 3,763 nationwide Cobalt listings starting at $1,497.

    Have questions?   Ask a question

    Chevrolet Cobalt Questions

    Are Cobalt Ss Reliable

    I am looking to buy a 2005 cobalt ss supercharged with 120000. I need the car to last me at least 3-5 years. I would like to know if they are reliable or if the engine with stop or something else w...

    14 views with 4 answers (last answer 23 hours ago)

    No Spark

    I have a red plug that has a lite blue, white and black wire going to it but can't find any place to plug it in. Wondering if that is why I don't have spark

    14 views with 5 answers (last answer 2 days ago)

    Idle And Running Issues

    Okay I have an 05 Chevy Cobalt automatic 2.2 liter engine when I go to start it up and move it from Park to drive the car idles from 1 RPM to 1/2 RPM all the way to 0 and shuts off temperature goes...

    10 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    Turn Over Not Start.

    I have a 05 chevy colbalt that will turn over but not start. I changed the maf sensor today and the crankshaft sensor coils and the control module lol. It will still crank and turn over but not sta...

    7 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)

    Not Getting Gas To The Motor To Keep It Running

    I just changed the alternator and put a new battery in but now it won't start and if it does it only runs as long as you're feeding it gass or carburetor cleaner

    0 views with no answers yet