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Chevy Cobalt - the most fuel efficient compact car

General Motors has finally released official fuel economy ratings for the new Cobalt XFE and for the 2009 Malibu I-4 LTZ . As we reported previously, the General made some mid-year changes to the Cobalt with 2.2 liter engine and manual transmission and significantly upgraded its mileage to an outstanding 25mpg city and 36mpg highway. To commemorate this change, the applicable Cobalts will sport a new XFE badge, which stands for [E]Xtra Fuel Efficient.

For the Malibu, GM replaced the four-speed automatic currently paired with the 2.4l four-cylinder engine with a six-speed unit in the top-level LTZ trim. The new power train combination delivers 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 on the highway.

While (of course) neither of these numbers beats the hybrids, these are class-leading fuel mileage numbers for both the Malibu and the Cobalt. After a long time of “hanging out” mid-pack with their mileage, Chevrolet finally woke up and delivered class-leading fuel efficiency both core car segments in the market. In light of the just-announced extreme CAFE regulation hike, and the breach of $3.50 per gallon of gasoline barrier, these changes are perfectly timed for the consumer demands.



On top of that, I know several people with HHRs and Cobalts with the 2.2L engine who routinely get 40-41mpg highway... and that's BEFORE this latest improvement!

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Nice numbers, but that makes it the most fuel efficient compact?

XFE badge is lame

I saw another Cobalt SS today with that STUPID rear wing. I hate the wing

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Yup, it's the most fuel-efficient in its class, not including hybrids.

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Are all cars like the Prius and Yaris hybrids?
what about the Honda Civic non-Hybrid? I thought there were quite a few compacts out there getting better than those numbers without the hybrid feature

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Prius is hybrid only. Yaris is a non-hybrid, but it's in the sub-compact segment with the Aveo.

Best MPG rating of a base non-hybrid Civic (1.8L) is also 25/36mpg, so ok I guess it's a tie.

But when you figure in hp/tq ratings, which are:
Civic 1.8L: 140hp / 128tq
Cobalt 2.2L: 148hp / 152tq

...then Cobalt wins.

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It's a stretch

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That's awesome. I've considered trading the Corolla for that new Malibu with the 4cyl and 6sp...But I REALLY want a Camaro.
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best or not it would make a good DD anyday.

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Well, it's still great news for GM. No matter if it's a tie or not.

Gas is on the rise again today because of a US ship having to fire warning shots towards harrassing boats.
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Well, it's still great news for GM. No matter if it's a tie or not.

Gas is on the rise again today because of a US ship having to fire warning shots towards harrassing boats.
F'n stupid contractors. I'm pretty sure their contract says that they have to follow the standard ROE's that everyone in the Military has to follow (per the Geneva Convention). "Warning Shots" are clearly against the ROEs.

Oh, and this is a great example of why we can't privatize the military (not that I'd want to).

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