Are you made of money?
Last week, I was in your shoes... I had been studying the market for several weeks. I went out and did my due dilligence. I drove the Subaru WRX STI, the Lancer EVO, the Mazda RX-8, that bolt on Dodge Neon srt-4, the Acura RSX, the honda Civic si, and each one of these cars lacked "something" I was looking for. I had no idea Chevy was even in the market until I saw some wag in some blog mention not to overlook the Cobalt SS. HUH? Chevy is waking up? I went to the Chevy website to have a look. I wanted 18" tires without paying an extra $750 & up... I wanted a car that wouldn't eat my sack lunch at the local gas station. I wanted a car that had enough creature comfort to be liveable day in and day out, as this car is going to be my driver, (I already have my mod tubbed out 73 Dodge Charger... 360 rebuilt, 600 series ProCharger, edelbrock everything else... get the hell out of my way trailer queen...). I intend to enjoy this car for years, and not feel like I was in a 12 round prize fight everytime I stepped out of the car after going crosstown. The second I saw the Cobalt SS, I saw a winner. Excellent looks, excellent performance, and a price that screamed AFFORDABLE !
I opened a picture page on every model I had reviewed, tiled them, and brought my 15 year old daughter and 16 year old son to take a peek at each one of them and asked.... "Which is the coolest looking car????" I hinted at no preference. It was no contest. They both thought the Cobalt SS was the "Bling Machine", hands down! I told my son.. looks can be decieving, so I hunted up inventory at my local dealers, and EUREKA... A local dealer was showing off the only one I could find in the state of Kansas. Saturday, It was off to the dealer for a test drive. The car has the power of a little Hercules, and the grip of a hungry panther on the curves. And that Pioneer stereo with sub woofer???? My ears are still ringing from my son's stereo test drive. (plus it plays MP3s.. 5 years and 30 gigs of downloads were not in vane.) If I REALLY feel the need to go out at night and spit rubber on rice burner windshields and Neon bolt ons,, I'll untrailer the 73 Charger and drive it between gas stations. For the price difference between the WRX STI and the Cobalt SS, I bought a 7 year, 90000 mile $50 deductable warranty, and with the left over funds, and the MPG difference between the STI and the SS, I'll be able to run this car for the full extent of it's warranty and still have enough money left over to pull thru the local Sonic for a burger and milkshake every now and then.
But hey, if you love those higher insurance payments, and lift enough weights to go 12 rounds a day and still be able to hit the dance floor at midnight... Take your pick. My money is with the Chevy Cobalt SS.
Hope this helped... That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!