The Cobalt compact sedan and coupe return for 2008 with minimal changes.
Four trim levels are offered: LS, LT, and Sport. The former two feature a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 148 horsepower. A 2.4-liter four is offered on Cobalt Sport models.
Last year's Sport package becomes the Performance Appearance Package and is available on 2LT models; it includes a rear spoiler, 16-inch aluminum wheels, stainless-steel exhaust with chrome tips, fog lamps, white-face gauges, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob.
New-for-2008 safety changes include standard stability control on 2LT and Sport models; traction control is also standard on Cobalts with automatic transmissions and anti-lock brakes, which are optional. Curtain airbags are now standard on all versions.
XM is installed free of charge across the board, but you'll have to ante up for a subscription to the satellite radio service. Optional equipment includes OnStar (which is standard on 2LT and Sport models).
For 2008, a new Cobalt SS emerges, outfitted with a 260-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that shares much of its fundamentals with the engine in the Pontiac Solstice GXP. The new model turns in 55 more horsepower than the prior supercharged Cobalt SS, and with a new manual transmission can scoot to 60 mph in about 5.7 seconds. Brembo front brakes, stability control, and side airbags, along with a new body kit, are standard on the SS. The SS Coupe is available in the spring; an SS sedan will be offered at a later date.
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