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Chevrolet Cobalt Real World MPG

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,016
Share with other owners your Cobalt's actual MPG.

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  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I totalled up all my gas receipts/mileage records and my stickshift coupe has gotten an average of 34.0 mpg over the past 2,500 or so miles. Mostly freeway. High of 36 or so on a long (400 mile) highway (Yosemite) trip.
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    are you just using the dic for your mpg or are doing the math? the car should be getting near 30mpg. and is the car an automatic?
  • My 2006 Cobalt SS (2.4 manual) gets 31 on a 27 mile one-way commute (half highway / half not). I don't drive like a grandma, either. Pumped up tires to 38 PSI. Ride is a little rougher, but mpg is great!
  • I just went through my first tank of gas on my 2006 Cobalt LS Sedan (2.2 with 5-speed). The computer and the gas fill up both matched up at 34.5 miles per gallon. Mostly a highway commute to work, but some mixed driving. Not bad for not being broken in yet!
  • At the moment (2600mi) my '06 cobalt LS 2.2L 5-spd manual has gotten no less than 34.1mpg on any fill-ups. (Im not terribly light on the peddle either) Most trips are 50miles to work and 50 miles back w/ highway and city travel mixed. I did get 43.5mpg on one of the trips I went on a few weekends ago!(Checked it w/ the fill-up and the computer, its right!)
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    What a shocker! Not one automatic driver posting?

    What kind of highway mileage can you expect with the 4-speed automatic?
  • I have an SS sedan auto with 1500 miles and it says around 20 mpg avg for mixed driving. And that's barely moving LA traffic driving. At this point I'm hoping my car has some sort of correctable mechanical problem because this is just bad. What's going on?
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    At merely 1,500 miles, your new engine's not even half run-in yet. Keep in mind that in L.A. urban crawl, when you're stopped, you're getting ZERO mpg. Even when it's moving (well, at least "moving" in terms of urban L.A.) it still won't compare with traffic conditions in east Possum Trot on a Sunday morning at 9:30 A.M. with it's one stop sign and everyone except the town drunk in church.
  • mi1mi1 Posts: 1
    rented cobalt LS auto for 8 days mi to myrtle beach 14 hours 895 mi, total avg 33mpg ,engine had 4500 mi on engine
    quite comfortable handled well and quick
  • alpine1alpine1 Posts: 51
    I rented a 2006 Cobalt LS 4 Dr sedan which had 23K miles and auto transmission on a recent trip to Seattle, WA. I averaged 30 MPG (according to the car's computer) over 800 miles with about 75/25 freeway/city driving. The handling was excellent and the ABS (with "brake assist") was outstanding. The car had Pirelli tires which probably helped with the handling. I am very pleased with both the MPG and the handling!
  • I have a 2007 SS Supercharged 5 speed and I am getting 31 MPG on the highway and around 27 in town.
  • Sorry I forgot my car only has 1500 miles on it,so it should get better when it is broke in.
  • I heard that GM is going to stop making the cobalt,is this true?
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Yes GM will stop making the Cobalt one day.
    Please be more specific and list a source.
  • I live in Ohio not far from the Lordstown plant where the cobalt is built,and it was on my local news.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    You probably misheard something about this:

    http://www.tribune-chronicle.com/Business/articles.asp?articleID=11505

    It will probably be several more years before they stop building the Cobalt.
    If they are building the Cobalt or Cobalt parts in more than one factory, they might close one and keep building them in others.
  • I was not the only one that heard this my brother also heard it.They are not going to stop building them today, they said in a few years,GM wants to try and build something in its plase.I will try to go to the news channels web site and see if I can find something there.
  • ron_mron_m Posts: 188
    I was not the only one that heard this my brother also heard it.They are not going to stop building them today, they said in a few years,GM wants to try and build something in its plase.I will try to go to the news channels web site and see if I can find something there.

    Although I don't own a Cobalt myself, I do like the coupe and sedan versions of the car. Unfortunately for GM, Consumer Reports has the sedan's reliability rated below the industry average; which can be the kiss of death for an automobile in America. Regardless of what you may think about CR's methodologies for evaluating motor vehicles, a staggering number of CR readers/subscribers put a lot of stock into what the magazine says. That's just one problem for the Cobalt. Stiff competition from the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Versa, Ford Focus and Mazda 3 make for a tough row to hoe in regards to GM's ability to compete in the small economy sedan segment. But even with these things working against GM, the Cobalt has still actually sold fairly well. In order for GM to become the industry leader in the small economy sedan segment, they will have to come out with a Cobalt replacement that is as good or better than the Civic, Corolla, and Mazda 3.

    Ron M.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Well, stopping building them years down the road is a not surprising at all.
  • I agree with you,it seems kind of silly to me that they would stop building the cobalt after they put all that money in the Lordstown plant so they could build it after the caviler was built there.
  • Consumer reports ratings mean little to the average consumer. Remember the Cavalier always had some of the worse write up's and still was a top seller for GM for years. What sells these cars is Price. People look for cheap cars and that's what keeps them selling.I work with many people who travel long distances to and from the job and always look for the cheapest new car they can get. There great commuter cars or first new cars for the kid going to college or a second car to bang around town in.
  • ron_mron_m Posts: 188
    Consumer reports ratings mean little to the average consumer. Remember the Cavalier always had some of the worse write up's and still was a top seller for GM for years. What sells these cars is Price. People look for cheap cars and that's what keeps them selling.I work with many people who travel long distances to and from the job and always look for the cheapest new car they can get. There great commuter cars or first new cars for the kid going to college or a second car to bang around town in.

    While I do agree with the majority of your post's content, especially the last sentence, I have to respectfully disagree with the actual subject line itself. By working with a room full of mechanical and electrical engineers and engineering managers, I can assure you that these guys all take CR's opinions into consideration whenever they are cross shopping vehicles. But not solely. They do more research than simply read CR's rating of a vehicle that they are interested in. But again, they do actually take CR's reviews seriously and use it as a part of their overall evaluation of a prospective vehicle. And I really don't think it's just engineering types that do this. CR isn't the automotive bible, but it's still a respectable resource for many people in the U.S. With that said, you are indeed correct in that many other people are simply looking for cheap transportation--regardless of a vehicle's reputation on paper so to speak. When the total cost of ownership gets low enough, pretty much anything will sell fairly well for a few years.

    Ron M.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    You said, in part:

    Unfortunately for GM, Consumer Reports has the sedan's reliability rated below the industry average;

    This is an "Emperor has no clothes" issue these days. CR used to report on test cars that had 10 defects per vehicle whereas today car quality has improved so much, across the board, that you are talking more like 10 defects per 100 vehicles. This year in order to create more of an appearance of differences in quality than actually exists, they use a scale of poor to excellent where a poor vehicle, like the Cobalt, has 40% more defects than an average vehicle, and an excellent vehicle has 40% fewer defects than "average." If 10 defects per 100 vehicles is average (sorry, I don't have the exact number that is average), that means that Cobalts have, say, 14 defects per 100 vehicles and a Corolla has 6. Sounds like a big range, right? But if you average it out per vehicle, it is a range of 1.4 defects per vehicle vs. .6 defects per vehicle. SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH IN MY OPINION TO BASE A PURCHASE DECISION ON. Note that these are "non-serious" defects - the Cobalt is "excellent" in engine and other major areas.

    CR isn't dishonest - but they make all their money on the car buying issues and guides. These were meaningful "bibles" in the '60's and 70's in terms of opening people's eyes to the problems in Detroit and the fact that Japanese cars weren't junk. BUT that era is long gone, although CR's influence isn't.

    I've bought mostly American cars since 2000, and as odds would have it, the imports I bought during the same period had more defects than the domestics (with the exception of 2001 Focus).

    I think it's better to look at overall price, features, and costs and availability of dealer service. In these areas, I like the Cobalt a lot - it has good crash test results (excellent body integrity), great gas mileage (35 mpg consistently on my 70 mile daily freeway commute), and I LOVE that powerful 2.2 liter engine.

    It feels pretty good to support American industry post-911 too. We have a LOT of deficit to pay off over the years, and it would be good to recycle our $$$ over here. I get a kick out of buyers who want to break our dependence on "foreign oil" by buying small import cars that only get a few mpg better than domestics - the money they are shoving out the door to Japan o their car purchase far outweighs the dollars they are saving the US on foreign oil imports.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,016
    ...I think we've lost track that this discussion is for Cobalt owners to post their actual MPG. Remember? :surprise:

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  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I was probably the last guilty party to post "off topic."

    However, I think that Edmund's decision to break the threads into WAY too many subsections is too inflexible. Now I have to scan dozens of threads for stuff that was in just one thread. And there are only a few posts, most getting stale, in many threads. In the oldStuff often veers off topic, but is still interesting.

    Have you considering consolidating the threads but requiring people to choose one or more "tags" before making their post - you could have gas mileage tags, repair tags, purchasing tags, review tags, etc.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,016
    Hmmmm..interesting idea. However, the best place to post your suggestion would be in the Forums Software discussion.

    Thanks!

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  • gman55gman55 Posts: 5
    After 12,000 miles with 80% on the hwy, I'm stuck at 31 MPG with the automatic in my LS coupe but I'm also averaging 75mph. (I have to. Thats the average hwy speed during my commute...really!)
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    It's nice that you drive in an area with so little traffic congestion that the flow goes that fast during commute hours.
    You still don't have to drive 75 in a 65 zone. Just don't drive in the fast lane if most people are going faster than you and let them pass, waste their own gas and take their own risk of getting speeding tickets.
    Of course if you really wanted to go 75 anyway and are just using "everyone else is doing it" as an excuse, then don't worry about fuel economy.
  • gman55gman55 Posts: 5
    That's 75 mph in the "slow" lane. I 've seen 65er's that use the left lane and that really causes all sorts of problems when the 80+ idiot's come barreling in on them. I usually give a wide berth to them when I see their headlights bearing down on me.

    BTW I "hit" the downtown area about 5:30 in the am, so I miss most of the really bad congestion.
  • grosloupgrosloup Posts: 239
    Sometimes driving slower than the traffic's flow is extremely dangerest. Don't change your driving habits in that commute driving, but keep alert and share the road with those idiots. It might be more expensive on gas I agree but it would be a lot worse if you were involve in a crash, you could get injured and your car insurance would go sky high. Pay a bit more for gas and lot less for insurance.
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