When I saw the prices for the Cobalt, I thought, what the hell? That's way too much money. But then I looked up how much you pay for it's major competitor, the Civic.
Get top-of-the-line comfort, performance and styling with the Civic EX Sedan. In addition to its 1.7-liter, 127-hp VTEC® engine, you'll find a power moonroof with tilt feature, body-colored dual power mirrors and variable intermittent windshield wipers. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) and 15-inch alloy wheels also help to give the EX an added touch of performance engineering.
Manual Transmission: $17,260.00
Manual Transmission with Front Side Airbags: $17,510.00
Automatic Transmission: $18,060.00
Automatic Transmission with Front Side Airbags: $18,310.00
That's from Honda.com. Now the Cobalt, at similar price range,
LT Sedan (available fall 2004)
(in addition to, or in place of, Cobalt LS features)
Starting at $18,760*
Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission with traction control system
Leather-appointed front bucket seats with heated seat cushions
Woodgrain interior trim
Seven-speaker Pioneer premium sound system
Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
Chrome door handles and body-side moldings
16-inch machined-face aluminum wheels
For 760 dollars more you get leather, a better sound system, a more powerful engine, bigger wheels, heated seats, foglamps...the works. Probably better quality too. :P
I wasn't sure but I think Cheby may indeed have a winner here.