To distance itself from the stigma of the Cavalier nameplate, General Motors christened its all-new, completely redesigned compact sedan Cobalt. The 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt is still plain vanilla, and though Ben & Jerry might sniff their noses at it, Breyer’s wouldn’t hesitate to slap a couple of mint leaves and red script on this new flavor from GM.
Like a Honda Civic, the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt is clean, simple, and appears poised to get the job done. There’s nothing exciting about it – we didn’t drive the SS Supercharged model – but there’s nothing seriously wrong with it, either. The sticker price, which appears to be deliberately set high enough to preserve profit after incentives and rebates, is too steep. But assuming that big discounts can be had, the new Cobalt makes a case for itself if pizzazz is a low priority.