GM has been promising us for years an answer to the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the two cars that dominate the compact car market. Its latest contestant has been the Korean-designed Chevrolet Cobalt. Does the Cobalt have what it takes to go up against these perennial champions? Let’s find out..
HOW DOES IT LOOK? At a first glance, the Cobalt looks like what it actually is, an appliance. At a second glance, it still looks like an appliance. We understand that it’s in the nature of cars in this segment to look generic so that they may appeal to a very wide demographic, but the Civic — with its spaceship look — does so in a appealing manner. Even the undeniably boring-looking Corolla looks more inspiring than the Cobalt. This is a shame because styling is an important factor when buyers shop for cars. And for this reason, the Cobalt gets a STRIKE ONE.
HOW IS IT INSIDE? Step inside the Cobalt and things don’t get any better. That is, it looks cold, plain and uninspired. The monotone grayish/black color scheme doesn’t help the cause, nor does the plain, flat look of the dashboard. Hard plastic adorns the whole interior. The few soft plastics acutally manage to look cheaper than the hard plastics found in the some the competition. The only redeeming feature is the simple layout of the controls, but that’s not enough to ward-off a STRIKE TWO.
HOW DOES IT DRIVE? The 2.2 Liter engine in the Cobalt LS I drove was fairly smooth. Gear changes were virtually unnoticeable. Although the ride itself was smooth, it was fairly noisy, especially at high speeds. Every bump was heard and often felt. The plain-Jane Toyota Corolla, by comparison, had a more isolated interior. The Honda Civic offers more steering feedback.
GM did try to give the Cobalt more space at a lower price than the Corolla or a Civic, but the price difference isn’t really that much. Plus, the cheaper Hyundai Accent is about as roomy. The Cobalt is a competent small car, but in the end, it poses little threat to the Civic and Corolla, which feel more expensive and better built. Luckily GM’s latest “experiment” is on its way out. Let’s hope that its successor, the Chevy Cruze, gives the two Japaneses and Korean competition a better run for their money.
Next-Gen Chevy Bolt EV Will Arrive In 2025
General Motors’ ambitious electric car plan will see the arrival of an all-new Chevrolet Bolt, but not for a long while.
Of the 20 new or more electric cars that the American automaker plans to release by 2023, none will be a replacement for the Bolt, a vehicle considered to be the first “affordable” long-range EV to hit the market. According to a report from , the current model will stick around until 2025, when the second-generation Bolt arrives.
If the report is true, that means that the Bolt will be on the market for nearly eight years without a full redesign, which is a long time considering how fast electric cars are changing. We can expect it to receive battery pack and electric motor upgrades as part of a mid-cycle refresh to remain competitive.
2025 also happens to be when the Cruze AV — the autonomous version of the Bolt — will enter production. Both the Bolt and Cruze AV will presumably be built on General Motors’ architecture for electric vehicles, which will be the basis for at least ten other models.
Chevy Drivers Can Now buy Gas Without Getting Out Of Their Car
Chevy and Shell have partnered up to make it easier for Chevy drivers to pay for gas without getting out of their car.
The two companies have introduced the first ever in-dash fuel payment system that allows drivers to pay directly through their Chevrolet’s touchscreen, sparing them the trouble of having to swipe a credit car or use a mobile device.
The new feature is accessed via the new Marketplace feature that’s available on select Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles and allows. All the driver simply has to do to begin fueling is hit a few buttons on the touchscreen to generate a unique code that activates a desired pump at a Shell gas station.
The new in-dash payment for Shell gas stations is currently in the pilot phase in select markets, but Chevy expects it to be rolled out the U.S. and possible Canada in a few months.
General Motors’s new Marketplace system was announced near the end of 2017 and also allows users to shop and make restaurant reservations via their vehicle’s touchscreen.
The easy life…
Chevy Camaro Gets New Face And Butt, Plus Turbo 1LE Model For 2019 MY
The sixth-generation Chevy Camaro has received a refresh for its 2019 model year in an effort to narrow the sales gap with the Ford Mustang, gaining a revised exterior, a new 1LE Turbo model, a new 10-speed automatic transmission, and improved gadgets.
Starting off with the exterior, designers have revised the front end to be distinct between the LS/LT, RS and SS variants. The SS stands out with a ‘flowtie’ open bowtie grille emblem and larger air curtains, package-specific headlights, and a new extractor-style hood, while the RS appearance package includes a unique polished black grille with Galvano Chrome lower inserts, an LED signature bar, and 20-inch wheels. The RS, SS and ZL1 models get dark-tinted lenses.
All models now feature classic-design, four LED oval taillights, which I think looks better than the generic rectangle shape of the original design.
Inside, the updated Camaro gets Chevy’s next-generation Infotainment 3 system. The standard system uses a 7-inch touchscreen, while a larger 8-inch touchscreen is optional. A Rear Camera Mirror and Forward Collision Alert system are now available.
The biggest news is the introduction of Camaro Turbo 1LE, which joins the V6 1LE, SS 1LE and ZL1 1LE models in the Camaro lineup. It is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that — paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission — produces 275-hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque.
An upgraded suspension, staggered 20-inch summer tires, Brembo brakes, and a Driver Mode Selector with Sport Mode and new Track mode are also part of the package.
So, what do you think about the Camaro’s new face and butt? Did Chevy’s designers get them right?