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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe Base

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Top Features of Base Model

  • Affordable compact car with sporty options
  • Automatic and manual transmissions
  • Multiple trim options
  • Supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engines

About Chevrolet Cobalt

If you're looking for a safe, reliable car that handles well in 2019, the Chevrolet Cobalt may be what you're seeking. It can be the perfect first car for a new driver because of its large body and responsive handling. It presents a visually appealing vehicle to suit many budgets. This Chevy offering was a solid entry into the compact vehicle category and offered good driving dynamics and build quality. It was produced as a coupe and sedan with a pleasing variety of trim packages. It's a clear demonstration of America's affinity for a suitable compact car with a lot to offer. The 2010 version offers a 2.2-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine with a 155 horsepower output. Its fuel economy ranges from 24 to 37 miles per gallon (mpg) depending on transmission and trim. The XFE trim package is the best one to consider buying for fuel economy. However, it's lacking some of the basics we all expect, such as air conditioning. But it will give you good gas mileage at 25 mpg city and 37 mpg on the highway. The sporty model is the SS with its five-speed manual transmission paired with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor. The output is 260 horsepower and it gets 24/33 mpg for fuel economy. The LS and LT trim packages have an available automatic transmission that gets an improved 25/35 mpg. The LS trim package would be more like today's cars in 2019. It offers a CD player, filtered air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, and XM radio. Both LT and SS have bells and whistles with cruise control, keyless entry, leather interior, Pioneer stereo, and OnStar. Seating, seatbelts, and headroom are what you'd expect from a compact car. There's an economy of

space in the smaller, hard seats. There's a lot of plastic, the gauges are tiny, and some controls are tricky for the driver to reach. The car's handling and the ride it provides are standard but good. While navigating tight curves can be tricky, the model provides responsive steering and smooth suspension. The Chevrolet Cobalt offers a safe, reliable ride and has a favorable reputation.

What safety features does the Cobalt offer?

Safety features here are basic. There are dual front and curtain-side airbags, automatic headlights, and daytime running lights. There's also a tire pressure monitor. The NHTSA awarded the 2005-2010 versions with five stars for its passenger-side front impacts and awarded four stars on the other seats. Antilock brakes (ABS) were standard on some packages but optional on others.

What is the interior like?

As with most compact cars, space is tight. The seats are hard, and the materials used inside the vehicle appear to be inexpensive. Visibility is good with easy-to-use controls. While the trunk mouth is small, it's more spacious inside for bigger items. Available features include auxiliary audio input, audio controls on the steering wheel, trip computer, and more.

Should I buy a Chevrolet Cobalt?

Cobalts from recommended years in good condition usually sell for about two-thirds retention of the resale value. These versions are considered reliable. The 2009 or 2010 versions are considered good finds with the reconfigurable performance display, enhanced fuel efficiency, and power. Many people select mid-year 2008 versions and newer because their comfort and safety features are good with few reported issues.

How much does the Cobalt cost?

Available as both a coupe and sedan from 2004 to 2010, the Cobalt is offered for prices ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000. The varying prices of the Chevrolet Cobalt at this time depend on a number of factors, including overall condition and trim packages.

Pros and Cons of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt


  • Affordable price, especially for a small car with a sporty look
  • Generous trunk space
  • Good engines
  • Good trim packages


  • Inconvenient handbrake handle placement
  • Interior materials look inexpensive
  • Small trunk opening
  • Uncomfortable seats
Model History

The History of Chevrolet Cobalt

Wanting to be a major player in the compact car arena, Chevy debuted the Cobalt in 2005. It took the place of the Cavalier, one of the brand's more popular small cars for more than two decades. It offers an updated and more polished entry into the compact vehicle category.

The intention behind the vehicle was an upscale experience with enhanced safety benefits and an improvement in noise level. It was available as both a two-door coupe and a four-door sedan. The LS and LT trim packages for the 2005 version are powered by a 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder motor. It has an output of 145 horsepower and was the motor used until 2009 when it bumped up to 155 horsepower.

Buyers had a choice of either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission with the Ecotec naturally aspirated engine. The same braking and steering systems and suspension used in the Cavalier offered the same smooth ride.

This Chevy model offered a larger body at 2 inches longer and 1.5 inches wider than Toyota's Corolla. Compared to Honda's Civic, it is almost 5 inches longer and 1.3 inches wider. They offered better motors than the Cavalier to support the extra weight.

The 2005 vehicles were available as coupe or sedan in LS, LT, and SS trim packages. They came with naturally aspirated 2.2-liter four-cylinder motors with an output of 145 horsepower for all but the latter. It was turbocharged with a 2.0-liter motor running at 205 horsepower.

The 2006 models offered a non-supercharged SS with an Ecotec 2.4-liter inline-4 (I4) motor. There was also an LTZ trim package added to the lineup as a higher-tier option.

In 2007, Chevrolet saw the recall of almost 100,000 2005 and 2006 Cobalt coupes. According to federal regulation, the padding at the roof was insufficient. More models from the same years received recalls three years later due to power-steering issues. In 2007, consumers saw a major technology upgrade for the second-generation models along with an increase in horsepower for all but the SS. A new steering wheel, audio input jack, and radio controls were added that year to the interior.

Models through the 2007s didn't include side-curtain airbags as an option in the standard package. While their sales weren't the equivalent of the Cavalier in its prime, these cars put Chevy ahead of Ford. Enough of them sold to put Chevy above Ford as a best-selling brand in U.S. markets.

In 2008, the third generation of the Cobalt hit the market. The SS trim package became the Sport Coupe and Sport Sedan. The supercharged 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine was replaced with a 2.0-liter turbocharged motor with a 260 horsepower output.

The new XFE trim replaced the LS and LT trim packages. It increased the vehicle's fuel economy to 25/36 miles per gallon and offered a manual transmission.

In the same year, consumers also saw a slew of new standard benefits added to the overall Cobalt lineup. Benefits included XM satellite radio along with MP3 capability and StabiliTrak stability control. Side-impact airbags along with new exterior and interior colors were also added.

Not happy with 2008's Sport names, Chevrolet went back to the SS for the fourth generation in 2009. The motor didn't change with the name but the performance display did. The exterior color palette expanded to add Silver Ice Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic, and Silver Moss Metallic.

In the coupe, a reconfigurable display could alter performance settings and read engine outputs. The rest of the trim packages got motor upgrades to 2.2-liter Ecotec I4 engines with a 155-horsepower output.

These offered better performance and fuel economy with 24/34 miles per gallon on automatic transmissions and 26/37 for manual transmissions. The same year also saw Bluetooth capabilities added.

The 2010 model saw the addition of a few new features. Filtered air conditioning, tilt steering wheels, and leather interiors became part of some of the trim packages.

The same packages also got cruise control, power controls, keyless entry, OnStar, and Pioneer stereo. Outside of the styling, it was the same as the 2009 version. In 2011, the Cruze replaced the Chevrolet Cobalt.

Specs & Key Features of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt


Body Style
2 Door Coupe
ECOTEC 2.2L Continuous Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder MFI (155 hp [115.6 kW] @ 6100 rpm, 150 lb-ft of torque [202.5 N-m] @ 4900 rpm)
155 hp
5-speed manual (When ordered with (PG1) 15" (38.1 cm) steel wheels, vehicle will get XFE badge.)
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Audio
  • CD Player
  • GPS
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.2L Continuous Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder MFI (155 hp [115.6 kW] @ 6100 rpm, 150 lb-ft of torque [202.5 N-m] @ 4900 rpm)
  • Transmission, 5-speed manual (When ordered with (PG1) 15" (38.1 cm) steel wheels, vehicle will get XFE badge.)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, trunk-mounted, maintenance free with rundown protection
  • Suspension, Premium Ride
  • Steering, Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Brakes, front disc/rear drum
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel
  • Wheels, 15" (38.1 cm) steel with full bolt-on wheel covers (When ordered with (MM5) 5-speed manual transmission, vehicle will get XFE badge.)
  • Tires, P195/65R15 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire sealant and inflator kit in place of spare tire
  • Fascias, front and rear body-color with Black grille
  • Headlamps, halogen with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Mirrors, outside manual, Black
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, speed-sensitive
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack and 36 cross-band presets
  • XM Radio is standard on more than 50 2010 GM models, including three trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels for virtually every music genre, all in amazing digital quality sound. Turn on your favorite sports, the biggest names in News, Talk and Comedy, family programming, exclusive concerts and original music series, wherever you go from coast to coast. Everything worth listening to is now on XM. (XM service available only in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia. XM Radio subscription required and sold separately after trial period. Fees, taxes, and a one-time re-activation fee, may apply. Subscriptions governed by XM Customer Agreement available at All fees and programming subject to change. Family programming Packages are available.)
  • Audio system feature, 4-speaker system
  • Seats, front bucket with cloth includes manual recliners, adjustable outboard head restraints and rear 60/40 split-bench with trunk pass-through
  • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way manual height
  • Seat, easy-entry front passenger
  • Console, floor with 2 power outlets
  • Steering column, tilt
  • Steering wheel, urethane
  • Instrumentation with speedometer, fuel gauge, tachometer and Driver Information Center with outside temperature, warning messages and programmable menu features
  • Trunk release, remote
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
  • Heater, with fan
  • Defogger, side windows
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Cup holders, dual front and dual rear
  • Visors, front passenger vanity mirror
  • Lighting, interior with trunk and single dome
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and front passenger with infant only suppression (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Air bags, head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock (requires power locks), Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, Hands Free Calling, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, and Low Mileage Discount. (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Vehicle Diagnostics capabilities vary by model. Remote door unlock success varies with conditions. Ability to locate stolen vehicles varies with conditions. Subscription Service Agreement required. Call 1-888-4ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827) or visit for OnStar's Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and details and system limitations. Not available with a ship-to of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.)
  • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Model conversion, value leader

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Available Trims for the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt (9)

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Safety Ratings for the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe Base

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe Base:

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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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