Contrary to the typical small car equals small power equation that is attached to most economy cars, the SS trimmed Cobalt offers a balance of sportiness and efficiency. The 260 horsepower 2009 Cobalt SS, including a new four-door version, are not only the most powerful four cylinder small cars available but have even more turbocharged-guts than Chevy’s own larger Malibu and Impala.
Beyond the impressive horsepower, attention will probably be focused initially on the Cobalt SS’s price tag which is slightly more than $23 grand. At first glance that would seem an outrageous level, especially compared to other Cobalts that are priced in the $15,000-$17,000 price range. However, taking into consideration the vehicle’s performance, potential buyers would have to shell out often significantly more than $23,000 to find a comparably equipped car. The SS comes only with five-speed manual transmission mated to a throaty-sounding turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder that is further facilitated by an available launch control system. GM claims a very respectable time of 5.7 seconds to 60 mph from stop. While fuel economy suffers slightly as the result of the upgrade of driving upgrades, the SS still achieves 22 and 30 mpg in city and highway driving. All of that is the good news. Unfortunately, general build quality and materials suffer from the same criticisms of cheapness that generally plague the Cobalt models. The Cobalt is most definitely a bland design to begin with, which limits the amount of sportiness an SS version is able to squee