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Regular Car Review: 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt XFE

by Paul Strauss

The guys from Regular Car Reviews take a look at what they say is one of the last American cars made before every automaker decided they wanted to go upmarket with “luxury” and “high end” features. This basic daily driver didn’t have traction control, antilock brakes, cruise control, Bluetooth, navigation or anything else that we’re now used to seeing as standard in cars these days. The Cobalt was built to do one thing and one thing well, get you around without burning a ton of fuel.

Priced at about $15,000 (we’re not sure where they got the $12,000 figure) and capable of achieving nearly 40MPG on a good day, the bare bones 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt XFE (eXtended Fuel Economy) wasn’t fancy, and couldn’t be driven hard, but it could give the Toyota Prius a run for its money at a price point that would let you put two fuel-efficient cars in your driveway for the price of one.


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