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The larger of Chevrolet's two compact cars expands model and engine choices for 2006. Cobalt offers sedans and coupes. It shares its basic design and 4-cyl powertrains with the Saturn Ion, though Cobalt coupes lack Ion's rear access doors. Both Cobalt body styles come in LS, LT, and new SS trim. Also new is the LTZ sedan. SS models have 171 hp, the SS Supercharged has 205; all other models have 145 hp. All come with a 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed automatic is standard on LTZ, optional on LS, LT, and SS. Traction control is available with automatic transmission. ABS is optional for LS models, standard otherwise. SS and Supercharged include rear disc brakes, uprated suspension, and sporty styling add-ons. Front side airbags and curtain side airbags are packaged as a single option. All Cobalts come with a 60/40 split folding rear seat. OnStar assistance is optional.
Consumer Guide® Automotive places each vehicle into one of 17 classes based on size, price, and market position. Compact Cars comprise the smallest passengers cars. These vehicles range from tiny economy models to slightly larger, popularly priced sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons.

Our Best Buys include Chrysler PT Cruiser, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, and Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix twins. Our Recommended picks include Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Spectra, and Toyota Corolla.

New or significantly redesigned models include Chevrolet HHR, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, and Volkswagen Golf and Jetta.

Detroit gossips think Cobalt will get a freshening of some sort for 2008. There's also talk of an all-wheel-drive performance model for the "sport compact" market, a challenger to the Subaru WRX, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and VW GTI.

2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
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