I promised you a return to sane motoring, so here it is -- Chevrolet's most fuel-efficient car, more efficient than the subcompact Aveo5, better highway MPG than a Honda Fit, ladies and gentleman, all the way from Lordstown, Ohio, put your hands together and give a warm About.com Cars welcome to... THE CHEVROLET COBALT X... F... E!!!
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OK, so maybe it's a little difficult to get excited about the Cobalt, even if its engine has undergone tweaks for better fuel economy (see how I snuck in that factoid? I am nothing if not smooth). I'll be honest, I'm going for maximum razzamatazz in the blog entry because the review is a little... well... dull.
We did, however, get some exciting (relatively speaking) news about the Cobalt's replacement, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Its engine will be a 1.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that will put out 140 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque -- numbers not far off from the Cobalt's 155 hp and 150 lb-ft. The real question: How fuel efficient will it be? GM isn't saying just yet. But seeing what they were able to do with the Cobalt XFE and its big ol' 2.2 liter engine was encouraging. How fuel efficient is the XFE? And how is the rest of the car? Find the answers in my 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt XFE test drive and review. If you can stay awake to the end, that is. -- Aaron Gold
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