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Chevrolet Cobalt Real World MPG



  • I have a 2009 Cobalt SS Turbo and with checking the mpg,I do it Manuel and by the computer,on the highway im getting between 30 and 34 mpg as long as I keep my foot out of it,if you know what Im talking about. This is my second Cobalt,the last one was a 2007 Cobalt SS Supercharged and the mpg was the same on it. I love my Cobalt.
  • Hi All.

    I bought a used Cobalt 07 with 23000 miles last Friday. I got the oil changed on Monday, and the air filter replaced as well.
    It is giving me 24 mpg in the city of Houston, which involves many miles of slow traffic and also a few miles of freeway.,

    I don;t understand what I would have to do to get the mileage to a similiar value as you guys are getting, close to 30.

    Any ideas?
  • It is a 2.2 liter standard transmission coupe .

    24 mpg is the computer readout.

    I hope you have some good suggestions.
  • steve333steve333 Posts: 200
    My '06 averages 24 MPG mixed city and freeway. I have no idea why those guys get such great MPG.
  • It really depends. I have a 2008 Cobalt LT sedan with an automatic and I average in the high 20's. My commute is 50 miles each way with a mix of moderate to heavy traffic. I live in the suburbs of New York City and I work in the city (Queens). Because of the crazy unpredictable traffic I've gotten anywhere from 25 to 34 MPG.

    If you only drive short trips that have a lot of stop and go traffic, then 24 MPG is probably pretty good. The only way to really improve is to be light on the gas and better predict the traffic ahead of you so you don't have to use the brakes too much. Accelerating from 0 or very low speeds is what really kills the fuel economy. Try to keep a constant speed. I find that I get the best MPG between 50 to 60 MPH. 65 is not too bad, but not optimal.

    My auto equipped 08 is rated 22 City and 32 Hwy so I'm getting exactly what's advertised.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,048
    >what I would have to do to get the mileage

    In jest here, move farther away so you have more freeway type traffic. On that free way gently drive 55-60. Faster speeds mean more air resistance and turbulance around the shape of the car. Also when traffic slows keep your speed up above what must be 40 or a little over so the transmission is in 4th gear (the tach drops another notch); it seems in 3rd at slower speeds the economy just isn't there.

    This is based on my experience driving around the area in the Cobalt 2.2 with automatic we bought for our son. At 55 or below on a level road the average hits 40. Add an occasional stop or turn and the average is 35-36. Once the car is warmed up just reset the mileage gauge and see what you're getting in various parts of your drive. The stop and go is probably 20 unless you're gently accelerating and trying not to have to stop.

    Another factor might be the gasoline if it has a higher percentage of alcohol.
  • My research tells me that the cobalt probably will not survive much longer as GM is bringing the Cruze to the states. It is built on one of GM's Opel platforms and promises to be a much better car than the Cobalt. The Cobalt (besides SS Turbo) is a terrible attempt at a small car. The interior quality is horrible, it practically rolls over on itself in bends, and the electric assisted power steering has no feedback or feel. The 2.2 is noisy, down on power, and utilizes the oldest technology. The 2.4 is a much better engine. The 2.0L turbo in the SS has direct injection, twin cam, and variable valve timing on intake and exhaust. And it produces 260 hp, enough to power the cobalt to 60mph in 5.5 sec. The Cruze will use the 1.8L that was in the Saturn Astra which is a complete dog (128 ft lbs torque). However, they will offer a 1.4L turbo with around 140-150 horse that supposedly achieves 40 mpg highway (EPA estimates) in the Cruze. Hopefully this next small car from European GM will handle like a small car should.
  • I don't really understand where you are coming from. I have a 2008 Cobalt LS XFE and the car does exactly what I bought it for. In my first year of ownership I drove the car just over 15,000 miles and spent only $780 in fuel and less than $40 in maintenance (for one oil change). I did need to change the oil twice but one change was free at the dealer. The car is stylish, rides nicely and has decent features for what it was bought for; to be an economical mode of transportation. If you want a real sports car than don't buy a Cobalt... not even the SS model. Get real.
  • I bought my 2007 2LT red coupe in Oct., 2007 with 3 miles on it, and I broke it in for 1,200 miles instead of 500, by varying RPMs up and down, up and down repeatedly. I change oil & filter every 3000 miles. I now have 15,300 miles and ALWAYS get 38 - 42 MPG, and sometimes 44 and 46, with Valero regular. I've been wondering about the accuarcy of the onboard MPG computer.
    I'm in Northern California with temperature 50 - 70 all year.
    For a sporty car, it rides very well and is quiet, with underhood sound insulation and 1" thick foam engine cover. I can't even hear the engine. Tires are Yokohama AVID TRZ, kept at 33 PSI.
    I'll try to find out the accuracy on the onboard MPG computer and send you any info. I get, if you send me your email address.
    My 2LT is the high-end, with seat height and lumbar adjustments, and Daytime Running Lights. The electric steering is superbly tight, with good weighting. This car has been marvelously designed and assembled. The door hold-open even has 3 positions,
    instead of two.
    I'm 73 and have been a car enthusiast all my life and have been studying the Consumer Reports for 30 years. They are usually accurate with reliability and comments, but their comments about the Cobalt are for a different car, not the 2LT!
    I customized this car with red seat covers and painted a lot of the inside red, and painted wheel covers black. I painted the keyholes red too. I don't know how to include images in this reply. If you'd like to correspond more and see photos, send me a reply and I'll try to send them to you."> God bless America and vehicles with American marques and MADE IN USA (Lordstown, OH). Ted
  • Please see my reply #296, for very good news about my 2007 Cobalt.
  • Please see my reply #296. I always get 38 - 42 MPG highway and sometimes 44 or 46. This is highway with no traffic jams, no slow traffic, no steep hills.
  • Please see my post #296, with automatic 38 - 42 MPG and sometimes 44.
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  • Please see my Reply #296. No service station will put hydrogen into a tire because it will explode. They do put in nitrogen for a fee of $5 to $12 per tire. The benefit is that the tire pressure will vary less with changing temperatures beause pure nitrogen expands and contracts less than air, which is 80% nitrogen and 20% oxygen.
  • That's a good point about a clean and waxed car. I keep my with a car cover and wax it 3x per year with Turtle Wax Blue Ice and I get 38 - 42 MPG always highway. Please see my post #296.
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,900
    just so you know.. there is no benefit to extra nitrogen in a cobalt tire or any passenger care tire, except for lining the wallet of whoever sells it. the idea of hydrogen in the tire is horrifying and reminds me of the JATO story legend ...

    btw, measure distance-driven/gallons to see the real mpg and compare with dashboard mpg-meter... i bet you'll find the dashboard usually off by the same percentage and reading a tad high in your case.

    I always liked cobalt styling! almost bought one but waited for cruze. :}
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,900
    i avoid waxing cars...
    let's just say/suppose it's for mpg reasons: i figure the weight of the wax costs more mpg than the smoothness/airflow at such low speed.
    but seriously folks, the clearcoat under the wax is just as smooth as a layer of wax on top of it, isn't it ?

    for aircraft the weight of the paint really matters - iirc, some aeronautical painter discovered a way to use thinner layers of paint... added up to hundreds of pounds per aircraft... less weight, saves the airlines BIG $ on fuel.

    happy travels...
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