The Cavalier felt crude, noisy, cramped, and uncomfortable.
An improved but still buzzy powerplant arrived in 2003.
Interior pieces feel flimsy and fit poorly, and seating is cramped and uncomfortable.
Poor crash-test results are also a concern.
The Cobalt replaced the Cavalier for 2005.
Its 2.2-liter engine is spirited, but noisy and relatively thirsty for a small car.
The ride is steady, but the steering is too light at low speeds and handling isn't particularly agile.
The quick and sporty SS is a different story.
A turbocharger replaced its supercharger for 2008.
These cars fared poorly in IIHS side-crash tests were when tested without side airbags, but rated Acceptable with them.
The Cobalt was replaced by the Cruze for 2011.