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The Chevy Cavalier

The Cobalt was actually built to replace an older car, the Cavalier. Unlike its successor, the Cavalier was produced for over 20 years before it was discontinued. It was also available in more body styles than the Cobalt. In 1995, the car got a major redesign, with a facelift and an upgraded 4-speed automatic transmission.

Unfortunately, this redesigned model would gain the worst reputation. It received terrible safety scores from the IIHS and the NHTSA. According to a report about 2004 models, the Cavalier also has one of the highest rates of driver fatality.

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Why did the Chevy Cobalt die?

The Chevy Cobalt | David McNew/Getty Images
The Chevy Cobalt | David McNew/Getty Images

Declining sales were definitely a huge factor in the Chevy Cobalt’s demise. However, it was also just an underwhelming car to begin with. Its standard engine was very fuel-efficient, but that was one of the only things that made it stand out.

The Chevrolet Cobalt may not have exceptional performance, but it’s fairly reliable and often doesn’t cost more than $5,000. The high-powered SS is a little more expensive at around $7,000.

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