Chevrolet discontinued the cobalt in 2010 after having it on the market for just five years. The Cobalt was a compact car made to replace the Chevrolet Cavalier and Prizm but instead the Chevrolet Cruze replaced it. A major factor in the discontinuation of the Cobalt had to do with the recall of over 1 million compact cars including the Cobalt in 2010 by its manufacturers. Before GM, the makers of the Cobalt removed it from the market although it had cemented its place as one of the best compact cars at the time. The stellar features and great performing engines, which came as 2.0, 2.2, and 2.4 liters, earned the Cobalt this position.
The Cobalt Engines
The 2.0 Liter Engine
Although it has the smallest measurement, the 2.0 liter engine is the most powerful of the Cobalt fleet. This engine came as either a 2.0 liter engine with four inline cylinders that gave 205 horsepower or a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that gave an impressive 260 horsepower. Not only was this engine powerful but it had the speed to back it up; a speed facilitated by the five-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged engine went from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.8 seconds. This was very impressive even for sports cars from luxury auto manufacturers.
The 2.2 Liter Engine
The 2.2 liter engine gives 155 horsepower which is impressive but the focus on this engine was not speed or power but fuel economy. This engine, even though it is very potent and has the capacity to reach high speeds, is very conservative with its fuel to the tone of 25 miles per gallon at city speeds and 37 miles per gallon at highway speeds. With the 2.2 liter engine, the buyer gets the best of both worlds – speed and fuel efficiency, something that was well needed at the time.
The 2.4 Liter Engine
The 2.4 liter engine was only available from 2006 to 2008. It seemed as if the role of this engine was to create a balance between the 2.0 and 2.2 liter engines but it ended up as the odd man out. The 2.4 liter offered a little of everything – fuel economy to the tone of 22 mpg at city speeds and 30 mpg at highway speeds and a 173 horsepower output. Maybe it was awkwardly placed for buyers who wanted excellent fuel economy tht was available in the 2.2 liter engine or great speeds and power that was available in the 2.0 liter engine.
The Cobalt’s removal from the market was unfortunate as it had the makings of an affordable car with excellent engine features. These features, including the five-speed manual transmission, were all well-received by buyers because they gave fuel economy, speed and power. The used Cobalt transmission and engine are the best features of the Cobalt to date.
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