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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan - Overview

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$12,900 – $17,700 MSRP

$12,190 – $16,726 Invoice

24 / 32 MPG City/Hwy

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2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan

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Overview

What's New
The Chevrolet Cobalt expands its lineup in 2006 with the addition of SS coupe and sedan models, and revises the model strategy to include the entry-level LS coupe and sedan, LT coupe and sedan, and the premium LTZ sedan. Returning for 2006 is the SS Supercharged coupe. Each model includes a unique interior, exterior, wheels and tires, as well as a long list of standard and available features.

Overview
Launched in late 2004 and slotted between the entry-level Aveo and midsize Malibu, the Cobalt is available either as a coupe or sedan in four trim levels: Base LS, uplevel LT, premium LTZ, and sporty SS. The 2.2L DOHC four-cylinder engine found in the LS, LT, and LTZ models is rated at 145 hp, while the SS models receive a 2.4L engine rated at 171 hp. Opting for the Cobalt SS Supercharged nets a 2.0L DOHC four-cylinder engine topped with an Eaton supercharger and air-to-water intercooler that results in 205 hp and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 4-speed automatic available on all but the SS Supercharged models.

Safety features include daytime running lamps, front air bags with optional head curtain air bags, standard ABS-assisted brakes (an available option on LS models) and traction control standard on LTZ and available on all other models except the SS Supercharged. Standard features include Solar-Ray glass, speed-sensitive electric power steering, air conditioning, rear window defogger, a driver information center, dual power outlets, tilt steering column, theft-deterrent system, and an AM/FM/CD stereo. Notable options include heated leather front seating surfaces, a Pioneer audio system, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar telematics, a power sunroof, engine block heater, and a rear spoiler.

The Competition
Playing in the Compact Conventional segment with stalwarts such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Ford Focus, the Cobalt joins no less than 19 competitors.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Chevrolet Cobalt found 212,667 buyers in the 2005 calendar year, third-most among all segment competitors. The segment was led by the Honda Civic (308,415 sales in 2005), followed by the Toyota Corolla (244,032). Other top sellers in the segment include the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Jetta and Saturn Ion. Joining the group in calendar year 2006 are the Dodge Caliber and Pontiac G5.

Available Trims for the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
LS 5 speed manual $12,900 145-hp / 2.2L 4-cyl 25/34
LT 5 speed manual $15,200 145-hp / 2.2L 4-cyl 25/34
SS 5 speed manual $17,400 171-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 25/34
LTZ 4 speed automatic $17,700 145-hp / 2.2L 4-cyl 24/32

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