Practical, Safe, and Agile-- 4/5!
This car is great for getting around! I've had to replace the engine (under warranty) because the previous owner was very hard on it, but have had absolutely no problems with the running of the car now that the rebuilt engine has been installed. There are intermittent issues with the wiring on the rear windows, and on occasion the windows will not go down as desired due to the wiring problems. New parts such as headlight casings have been fairly easy to install without a mechanic, making most basic repairs fairly manageable as far as time and effort, and more affordable than other cars I've owned. The moon roof had a track issue when I bought it, but since the dealer installed a new track there have been no leakage issues with the car. All the features are easily reachable from the driver's seat, making it a decent drive. I would have preferred a central control panel such as I had in the Saturn Ion I owned prior to buying the Cobalt, but the driver's side console is not as bulky as other cars I've driven and so doesn't block viewing through the front windshield. Visibility is high in this car, and the automatic mirror adjustment controls from the driver's side door make it easy to change even when driving if they need to be moved for broader sight lines. Overall this is a great value for the money, the only major issue is that the gas mileage isn't the greatest (but still not a gas guzzler). I'd definitely buy this as a first car for a new driver, I feel very safe inside the design, it's maneuverable enough to dodge idiots looking at their phones instead of the road, and the gas mileage while not the best is definitely good enough to still be practical.