By on July 23, 2008

The one and only GM PR shot of the Cobalt XFE.There's been much ado about GM's quiet launch of the 36mpg iteration of the Chevy Cobalt, both in the autoblogosphere and in promotional, warm-n-fuzzy TV spots (much like the  made-of-unobtanioum Chevy Volt). But the XFE isn't listed on the  "Shopping Tools" portion of the Cobalt microsite, nor on gm.com's "Find A Vehicle [any vehicle]" page. So I rang-up a friendly Chevy dealer who was embarrassed by his XFE-gnorance. Once he appreciated the model's existence, he said he didn't have any, there were none in Houston, and there was zero product information. "That must be a 2009 model," he countered. When I mentioned the XFE's web page on the 2008 Chevy website (sans XFE photos, BTW), there was a brief  pause. "They don't give us information as quickly you can get it." Well that sucks.

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42 Comments on “High-Mileage Chevy Cobalt XFE MIA...”


  • avatar
    Raskolnikov

    Per GMI it took 18 months to achieve SOP with the XFE. I hope they’re applying this treatment across the board.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Not entirely surprising. GM’s internal information systems are, well, old and not at all maintenance-friendly. It’s not a small job to have them updated with model information and packages. Of course, marketing would actually have to initiate that process and, welll.

    Now, a dealer not knowing, that’s just shameful. Of course, GM Marketing and Product Planning is just absolutely terrible on all levels, so “shameful” is par for the course.

    A lot of GM’s problems can be laid at the feet of their product planners and marketers: pushing products that can’t sell, and handicapping those that do seems to be a large part of what they do.

  • avatar

    18 months? Sounds good for a lot of new designs, but that seems a little steep for a Cobalt with different gearing and harder compound tires.

    And different badges.

    So what am I missing here?

  • avatar
    opfreak

    One quick read of chevy’s website, makes it clear that any current cobalt in the lower trims (for example the ls) that is a stick, is automaticly a XFE model.

    Look at the specifications, and you can see that the lower model manual cobalts are all listed at 25 city / 36 hwy mpg.

  • avatar

    opfreak Says: whats MIA is the Journalism of TTAC. One quick read of chevy’s website, makes it clear that any current cobalt in the lower trims (for example the ls) that is a stick, is automaticly a XFE model.

    There is a XFE model that gets 25/36mpg and a regular Cobalt 5-spd four banger that gets 24/33. There are two distinct models and the EPA rates them as such. See fueleconomy.gov for yourself.

  • avatar
    Justin Berkowitz

    @Sajeev:

    He’s not entirely wrong, as far as I know.

    The trick here is that the Cobalt LS and 1LT with manual transmissions and the 2.2 liter engine ARE the XFE. Once you step to the 2LT with the 2.2 and manual, then you’re not on the XFE anymore.

    Very, very stupid naming process.

  • avatar

    It’s always weird to me how little the people at car dealerships seem to know about cars. When the new Impreza was coming out I would go lurk around my Subaru dealer lot and the sales staff knew just nothing about the upcoming model, even when it was like a week away from shipping. If these people would just read TTAC and Autoblog and Jalopnik they would be much more knowledgeable about their own industry and more helpful to their customers. It also helps when a salesman doesn’t look uninformed about what he’s selling…

  • avatar
    bill h.

    If it’s only the XFE models that get the 36 mpg highway rating, I know that those figures have been advertised for several months. So the XFEs have been in the adcopy, just not always referred to as much?

    [Hoping for a little less TTAC-related touchiness these days; it\'s getting a little bit overheated at times]

  • avatar

    Justin,

    How are you seeing that? From what we can tell from the website, the LS/1LT/2LT all use the same engine and transaxle. They all get the 24/33mpg rating.

    The XFE would use (according to the press releases) a taller final drive, and you can’t discern which models have that unit installed.

  • avatar
    Landcrusher

    Maybe it’s one of those cultural things we don’t get down here in Houston. None of us ever really got what Enron was doing either.

    Is there a car called the Cobalt XFE? Can you buy one?

    Or, is XFE an options package, trim level, platform, etc? Or, is it like the volt?

    Sounds like there is an emperor running around naked to me.

  • avatar
    John The Accountant

    That car will actually get 36 MPG when my car can actually run a 16 second 1/4 mile.

    People lean too heavily on these numbers. I know they are improved, but GM’s 4-bangers are too large. The XFE is a 2.2L DOHC and has a curb weight of 2,600 or so lbs.

  • avatar
    opfreak

    read more.

    according to this spec page

    http://www.chevrolet.com/cobalt/specifications/

    it makes it look like all the manual 2.2 engines get 25/36. but thats a bit misleading.

    if you just go to the http://www.chevrolet.com/cobalt/

    and pick sedan /coupe under each trim it says this:

    LS
    Highlights:
    Cobalt XFE Coupe has the best standard highway fuel economy in its class(2) with an EPA estimated MPG 25 city and 36 hwy.(manual transmission)
    148-hp 2.2L engine with EPA estimated MPG 25 city and 36 hwy. (Cobalt XFE)
    148-hp 2.2L engine with EPA estimated MPG 22 city and 31 hwy. (automatic transmission)

    1LT
    Highlights:
    Cobalt XFE Coupe has the best standard highway fuel economy in its class(2) with an EPA estimated MPG 25 city and 36 hwy.(manual transmission)
    148-hp 2.2L engine with EPA estimated MPG 25 city and 36 hwy. (Cobalt XFE)
    148-hp 2.2L engine with EPA estimated MPG 22 city and 31 hwy. (automatic transmission)

    2LT
    Highlights:
    148-hp 2.2L engine with EPA estimated MPG 24 city and 33 hwy. (manual transmission) and 22 city, 31 hwy. (automatic transmission)

    SPORT
    Highlights:
    171-hp 2.4L High Output engine with EPA estimated MPG 22 city and 32 hwy. (manual transmission) and 22 city, 31 hwy. (automatic transmission)

    ————

    The catch is the production date. depending on when it was built, is what determines what MPG the car will have.

  • avatar
    TEXN3

    Doesn’t seem like much of a difference to wait and find one. The difference between the old Civic DX and Civic HX coupes were quite a bit. While the HX offered a little more power and sent a step further than the XFE versus regular Cobalts. Including very handsome 14-inch alloys. I think Honda would have a seller on their hands if they did this with the current coupe but of course, the marketing team will say that might hurt hybrid sales.

  • avatar

    Guys, guys, guys! Time out!  @ opfreak: Technically, you are correct. However, the web site refers to the XFE as if it were a separate model. You could have made your point without the flame bait, and I've edited your comment accordingly. @ Sajeev: The specifications page on the Chevy site lists the mileage for all models with the 2.2 DOHC Ecotec engine and 5-speed manual as 25/36. It also states this is the standard engine and transmission on the LS, 1LT and 2LT trim levels. However, again, it refers to the XFE as if it was a separate model instead of clarifying what they mean.  I've also edited your comment to remove the insult. Noe play nice, both of you! The EPA web site does show the 2.2 rated at 33 highway. That was from before Chevy did the "XFE" thing to the Cobalt and applied the changes to all models with the 2.2L engine/manual trans combo. Opfreak is right.  It all depends on manufacturing date. The problem is finding a Cobalt with the 2.2L / 5-speed combination (which would make it an "XFE"). The largest Chevy dealer in the metro Atlanta area doesn't have any, and I doubt you'll find many of them on lots anywhere. Let's hear it for the marketing nitwit who created all this confusion by coming up with the idea of the "XFE" designation! I now return you to your regularly scheduled comments.

  • avatar
    Bunter1

    IMO this is pretty irrelevant.
    ‘Balts have very consistently delivered mileage well below their peers (being generous there) and their EPA numbers in road test after road test.
    Typical range has been 23-26 mpg overall (save your annecdotal mpg of your aunts trip to Uranus and back on half a tank fanboiz) while Civics and Corollas (same day, drivers, methods) get 28-32 mpg.

    Chevy, the brand that delivers midsize mpg in compact and sub-compoact packages!

    Bunter

  • avatar
    Paul Niedermeyer

    This whole XFE thing is about as relevant in the real world as GM’s BAS mild-hybrids. How many stick-shift Cobalts does GM typically sell? Probably a very small percentage. Typical GM PR fodder.

  • avatar
    Bancho

    IIRC when they announced the XFE model it was only to be coupes produced after a certain date (and only certain models). Sedans do not get the same treatment and still have the lower mileage. I was also under the impression that the XFE’s would have a distinct badge.

    opfreak’s info above seems to bear that out. What’s unfortunate is the dealers lack of knowledge regarding this. You’d think that with sales as bad as they are the dealers would have plenty of time to surf the net and come across info like this on their own.

  • avatar
    mel23

    The only Civics I’ve seen on a lot for weeks have been sticks. With even Aveos flying off the lot, that says something about the popularity of sticks.

  • avatar
    opfreak

    dealers dont know anything. esspically sales staff, most are around for a few months before relizing its hard/tough to make a buck, and the good ones that are around are the biggest crocks.

    As for the confusion, its all gm’s fault. A mid year refresh that actually changes epa numbers, on a model that no one has.

    i looked in my are (northen illion/southern wisconsin) found a total of 2 stick cobalts, but no idea what the production date is.

    but if we go by this edmunds piece
    http://blogs.edmunds.com/strategies/2008/07/where-are-all-the-stick-drivers.html

    it looks like toyota has 2% of its sales in sticks, and honda is less then 10, I would bet the average overall is somewhere around 5%. So that range means that out of all the cobalts out there somewhere between 2 and 10 out of 100 come with a stick. And most of those are probably the SS/Sport version.

    IOW good luck trying to find a stick of any car on the market

  • avatar
    CarShark

    @Paul Niedermeyer:

    Maybe not. I saw something on Autobloggreen that made it look like it’s doing so well, it caught GM by surprise.

  • avatar

    Paul Niedermeyer
    This whole XFE thing is about as relevant in the real world as GM’s BAS mild-hybrids. How many stick-shift Cobalts does GM typically sell? Probably a very small percentage.

    Wards shows only 11.2 percent of 2007 Cobalts had manual transmissions. That works out to about 23.3k units with a left pedal. Of course, rental companies only want automatic transmissions, so that probably explains the low number. Interestingly, 14.6% of G5′s had manuals.

    In comparision, 63% of Rabbits were sold with manual transmissions, as were 47% of Mazda3′s, 46% of Fits, 30% of New Beetles, 19% of Civics, 14% of Focii, 10% of Corollas and 5% of Calibers.

  • avatar

    mel23
    The only Civics I’ve seen on a lot for weeks have been sticks. With even Aveos flying off the lot, that says something about the popularity of sticks.

    Uh… Aveo sales were down 19.7% in June and down 1.7% for the first half of the year. Not exactly what I’d call “flying off the lot.”

  • avatar
    Busbodger

    Bunter1 Says: ‘Balts have very consistently delivered mileage well below their peers (being generous there) and their EPA numbers in road test after road test. Typical range has been 23-26 mpg overall (save your annecdotal mpg of your aunts trip to Uranus and back on half a tank fanboiz) while Civics and Corollas (same day, drivers, methods) get 28-32 mpg.

    My nine year old 3300 lb AWD CR-V five speed has consistently gotten 25-26 mpg in mixed use for 161K+ miles. The ‘balt needs a better engine – or something.

    Does GM have better engines in their European divisions or in South America? Does the Astra get better real world mileage? Does it get the same engine as the Cobalt?

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    Frank Williams:

    In comparision, 63% of Rabbits were sold with manual transmissions, as were 47% of Mazda3’s, 46% of Fits, 30% of New Beetles, 19% of Civics, 14% of Focii, 10% of Corollas and 5% of Calibers.

    Were all of those numbers just for the US market? It would appear so, but I just wanted to clarify.

  • avatar
    Rday

    The only thing that I can add about the Cobalt..is that it makes the Yaris look like a good car. Toyota can be relieved that their Yaris is not the worst car in its’ class sold in NA.

  • avatar
    Buick61

    OMG, this site sometimes.

    No truth about cars and all false GM sensationalisms.

    “Nancy Libby, a spokeswoman for Chevrolet, says that demand for the car surprised the automaker, as it had estimated that the XFE would make up just two to three percent of Cobalt sales. In actuality, the XFE model accounts for eight percent of sales and sits on the lot for just eighteen days on average — lowest of any Cobalt model.”

    http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/07/22/cobalt-xfe-selling-faster-than-planned/

    Perhaps a retraction is on order.

  • avatar

    Buick61 Says: Perhaps a retraction is on order.

    On what grounds? An unclear website, dealer misunderstandings and an all around feeling of XFE-gnorance? For all of GM’s branding dollars and market research, you think they’d at least make the XFE an understandable package and recode the website to follow suit.

    Its more of the same from GM, their engineers make lemonade out of lemons (let’s face it, the Cobalt isn’t a Civic) and the bureaucratic infrastructure ensures it’s lost in translation.

  • avatar

    Lumbergh21
    Were all of those numbers just for the US market? It would appear so, but I just wanted to clarify.

    Yes.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    I had a 2 yr lease on an Ion with the Eco 2.4 automatic (3.94 final drive). Overall mileage was right on 30 with highway tanks at 33. Work associate has an Cob XFE and is doing 37-38 using the AC, mostly interstate.

    Sorry if I offend anyone offended by anecdotal anecdotes.

  • avatar
    Landcrusher

    indi500,

    Nothing wrong with throwing out anecdotes. That’s usually appreciated. The problem is when folks then draw a conclusion from them, and try to argue that a car is good or bad because of what they or their friends experienced when there are ten of thousands of cars just like them.

    The standard for quality is so high now, that you just can’t use anecdotes.

  • avatar
    eamiller

    I can say for a fact that they do exist. I saw one appear in my work parking lot over a month ago. Silver 1LT (it appears) with the little XFE badge on the rear. Of course, being that this is in the parking lot of a former GM parts devision, I’m not surprised.

    If I see it again, I’ll have to snap a photo to prove its existence, and no, it won’t be like a picture of the Loch Ness Monster.

  • avatar
    davey49

    There’s a red LS 5 spd coupe for sale at a dealer near by. Maybe I’ll check and see if it is an XFE.
    BTW, the dealers don’t have any more than 2 of any Cobalt in stock.

  • avatar
    KixStart

    My local dealer has 5. When I get a chance, I’ll sneak in and look at the stickers.

    Still, the problems with the XFE program are a) finding a stick Cobalt, appropriately equipped for the alleged 36mpg highway and b) the auto still has an EP sticker that says 31mpg and it’s the autos that sell in the far larger numbers.

    And a Yaris is short, narrow, light, low-drag, has a small (although apparently lively) engine and is far more likely to get better actual mileage under more conditions than the Cobalt.

    And then there’s the Prius… GM may have a model or two that’s competitive but Toyota’s got the mindshare.

  • avatar
    Campisi

    “The problem is finding a Cobalt with the 2.2L / 5-speed combination (which would make it an “XFE”). The largest Chevy dealer in the metro Atlanta area doesn’t have any, and I doubt you’ll find many of them on lots anywhere.”

    Every Chevrolet dealer I’ve been to in the greater Denver area has had at least two XFEs on the lot. The stickers in the windows all say 25/36 on them as well. I could take one for a spin and say what’s what if you’d like.

  • avatar
    Beelzebubba

    One of the very few successes for GM this year is the Cobalt XFE. And for whatever freakin’ reason, there has been nothing but confusion about what exactly is an XFE- is it a trim level? an option package? To make matters worse, their dealers are even more ignorant and less informed that us auto enthusiasts….way to go Chevy/GM!

    It took me quite a bit of digging and numerous internet searches to piece together the story when I first heard of the XFE. In my mind, it’s kind of like a PZEV emissions engine in that XFE is a designation or even a “rating” for the models tuned for max fuel economy. I thought all 2.2L 5-speed manual models were XFEs until on of the earlier postings to this very article explained that the ’08 LS and 1LT trim levels with manual transmission are XFE equipped. Selecting the 2LT trim package with manual transmission just gets the regular 2.2L identical to the one used pre-XFE. A 2LT manual only gets 33mpg highway vs. 36mpg for the XFE, but it likely has slightly better acceleration due to the different (less efficient) gearing.

    In any case, I checked a few sites including FuelEconomy.gov and the regular Cobalt only has EPA ratings for a 2.2L automatic and the 2-liter turbocharged manual for the SS models. The Cobalt XFE is listed separately with only the manual 2.2L- from that, I infer that all 2.2L manuals with be XFEs for 2009- even the 2LT.

    Then again, the 30 or so of us who’ve posted remarks to this article are apparently the foremost Cobalt XFE experts in the world…

    Chevy had a slam-dunk winner to use as a fuel economy “halo car” and they demonstrated once again that they are capable of incompetence and ambivalence that are simply unmatched by any other company in the world!!!

  • avatar
    kken71

    Maybe GM has learned from its mistakes and is not going to actually produce it since nobody will buy a POS Cobalt even if it gets decent mileage.

  • avatar
    Beelzebubba

    # kken71 Says:
    July 24th, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Maybe GM has learned from its mistakes and is not going to actually produce it since nobody will buy a POS Cobalt even if it gets decent mileage.

    Sorry, but the sales figures prove otherwise!

    In June (last month), the Cobalt was the #8 best selling vehicle in the U.S. with 20,888 units sold. That figure represents an increase of 21.6%.

    Initially, Chevy only expected XFE models to account for two to three percent of total Cobalt sales. In actuality, XFE models represent eight percent of Cobalt sales volume.

    The most likely explanation for GM/Chevy’s silence and total lack of marketing is very short-sighted and ill-informed planning decisions- perhaps GM’s greatest skill?!?!

    They made a surprisingly good move in creating the Cobalt XFE. It’s far from the best in the compact class, but it’s all they had to work with. Suddenly, one of the more mediocre entries in the compact class looks much better when it can top all it’s competitors in fuel economy!

    Sadly, they chose to “aim low and we won’t be disappointed” in estimating the market for the XFE. As a result, the demand for the car is approximately three times greater than the number they planned to sell. Long story short, they aren’t shouting it from the rooftops at the moment because dealers don’t have them to sell right now!

    When they manage to align production with demand, I fully expect a full-scale marketing and PR blitz…

  • avatar

    Beelzebubba Says: I checked a few sites including FuelEconomy.gov and…I infer that all 2.2L manuals with be XFEs for 2009- even the 2LT.

    Correct, but that’s for the 2009 model only.

    Fueleconomy.gov lists two naturally-aspirated 2.2L manual combos for 2008, one is an XFE and the other is everything but the XFE. Heaven forbid the Chevy website would actually clear up this confusion.

    Chevy had a slam-dunk winner to use as a fuel economy “halo car” and they demonstrated once again that they are capable of incompetence and ambivalence that are simply unmatched by any other company in the world!!!

    Its the Fiero GT, Northstar-powered Allante, etc all over again: finally making a noteworthy car and completely neglecting it.

    GM will never learn.

  • avatar
    eamiller

    Based on the 2008 and 2009 pricing sheets from GM, the XFE is just likely a designation for the MT equipped Cobalts.
    These are the model designations:
    1AK37 Cobalt 2-door LS
    1AK69 Cobalt 4-door LS
    1AL37 Cobalt 2-door LT
    1AL69 Cobalt 4-door LT
    1AP37 Cobalt SS Turbo Coupe
    1AP69 Cobalt SS Turbo Sedan

    There is also the 2LT option code for the enhanced option package. There is no option code or description for the XFE. Therefore it is not a model nor an option code, but rather a designation. This was likely a running change made to the 5MT equipped vehicles. XFE is purely for marketing (even if it is done poorly).

  • avatar
    Jammer

    I just got a 2009 Cobalt XFE. I was very impressed with my sales guy as he located me the car I wanted and had it delivered to the dealership near me. There was $2000 cash back from GM, but the sales guy told me their was ANOTHER $1000 cash back because the car had sat on the other dealership’s lot too long. I admire how honest my sales guy was because he could of pocketed that $1000 and I would not of known any better.

    HOWEVER: My dealer (sales person) had almost no idea what the XFE was and had none on their lot. To make matters worse he could not figure out how to search for ONLY XFE Cobalts. I was the one that discovered that one only need search for a manual transmission and in every case it was an XFE. He knew almost nothing about the car right down to him swearing to me the car did NOT have a cd player in it- But as I knew, when the car was delivered I pointed out that, just like I thought, the car comes standard with an AM/FM CD stereo with XM radio. I was quick to show him his mistakes too.

    But all around he was the best sales guy I could of bought from, he was most honest in not trying to pocket the extra $1000 cash back. Also I got a GM employee discount, so all in all I got a $16000 car for under $13,000. It cost a grand total of $12,6XX and that is counting all options,all taxes, registering etc. A couple weeks I got my back tag in the mail, then a few days latter the dealership sent me a container of fresh cookies in thanks of the purchase. Man, ‘ wantta talk about feeling appreciated? A great buy, it cost me far less than any other subcompact with this high of gas mileage- EPA 37MPG Highway, it even beat the imports in it’s class (non hybrids) yet just like others here, my sales guy knew almost nothing about this model and GM corporate was not calling him back, I had to figure out and show him how to search for XFE- it’s done by searching for a Cobalt with a 5 speed stick.. in every case I seen they all are XFEs.

    Also GM’s site never got around to sending my online request until weeks after I bout my car. Indeed GM is showing very poor relations when it comes to the Cobalt XFE, it’s almost like they don’t want it to sell. The don’t advertise it, they don’t help their dealers with info. The customers have to tell them what they want and were lucky if the dealership even knows what one is talking about. Then their hard to find on most lots.

    I love this car more than anything else I have ever drove. I have never got under 34 mpg, and often get the high mark of 36.3 MPG. This is the best mileage in the subcompact non hybrid class at this time. For those that can not afford a hybrid I will say Im in love with this car. It’s note worthy to say this car can coast for a long ways in neutral. I have traveled for miles off of a small hill in neutral and coast right in to my driveway. A real gas sipper that’s American made.

  • avatar
    joeaverage

    Yeah your story is why I hate to talk to salesmen – I usually know the product lineup better than they do. Pathetic that they spend their working hours selling cars and that they customer could walk on the lot and know more. Don’t they study their products?

    I had the same trouble in ’99 when we bought our CR-V AWD. The salesman argued that there was no such thing as a 5-spd CR-V. I argued there was and I had to show him the corporate website. Needless to say I didn’t buy a car from him (that and the 14% interest rate he was pushing. We got a ~6% later from our credit union). He went on to say he would (not wanted or could I) come get my car and demo the 5 speed for customers and wash it before he returned it. Ahhh – no you won’t. Had he promised me some absurd low price and interest rate – maybe… I could have cut off his access to the vehicle if needed and still had the low cost.

    Anyhow – can the Cobalt be purchased as a hatchback? I had a 1987 Accord hatchback and it was a GREAT car for my needs then or now. 325K miles on it last I saw it.

    A coupe hatchback version of the Cobalt like that Accord would be a really great small car that I would consider buying.

  • avatar
    Jammer

    joeaverage: Yeah I can relate to what your saying. I stuck with the same sales guy because he was by far the most polite, honest, and down to earth guy that proved to me he was trustworthy and would tell me out right he he did not know how to answer my question. I rather deal with a guy like that than have a dude B.S. me and tell me all rebates expire in in 5 hours etc. I had already caught a different sales guy in two lies and he acted as if he could not come down on the price, lied and told me the rebates expired that day and he treated the women like they were all models and I was just a cash strapped middle aged man. In reality I had a large cash settlement from my car insurance company and I was looking for an all out cash deal. That guy blew it fast.

    So while it was true the next sales guy did not know anything about the Cobalt XFE, he was honest with me and treated me much better. Because of this I stuck with him. However when I rated the dealer’s performance I gave him all high marks but was honest and checked NO- he was NOT knowledgeable about my car at issue. I don’t blame the dealership, I blame G.M. I seen plenty that showed me that G.M. was making it very difficult for the dealers to get information on this car, and they set up their website in a way the dealers did not know how to search for the car on other lots!

    As far as a Hatch Back goes- This applies to the Coupe for sure: The answer is Yes and No. While it’s not technically a hatch back, it is the next best thing. See the trunk has plenty of room, and a spare tire and tools can be store below a false compartment. If one does not need to use the back seats, the owner can push the back seats forward which makes for a larger storage area from the trunk to the back of the front seats. It’s perfect for my needs. Oh, I find the $275 spoiler option really makes the back end look like a sports car! I like that option a lot.

    I’m very happy with it, and I disagree with most reviews of the car. I like it better. Standard features are great, yet some simple things, like a spare tire can cost extra ($75). I got the car at the bottom of the line all included price of $12,6XX. Not too shabby a price for a brand spanking new fun to drive car with almost 37MPG REAL performance Just today I averaged 36.5 miles per gallon after I noticed my tire pressure was low and fixed the problem- I have no doubt 37mpg is possible.

    If you can wait, in mid 2010 the same plant location in Lordstown Ohio will start building The Cruise which is supposed to get about 41 or 42 MPG. It looks a lot like the Cobalt and should sell for the same price. At this rate hybrids will have to come down in price to be competitive. I’m happy to see American cars finally compete better with the imports. Maybe GM has finally “smelled the coffee”, at least I hope they have. I’m happy they pulled out of bankruptcy so soon.


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