33: Chevrolet Cobalt SS
GM just could never manage to find a footing in the compact car market. Although the Cavalier sold millions of models it was never a big, unforgettable hit. Honda’s Civic and the Toyota Corolla always managed to steal the thunder away from GM. The Cobalt was a fresh chance for the automaker to try something new. GM was trying to eliminate the reputation of cheap substandard transportation, and the Cobalt was going to do it.
There were high hopes for the Cobalt SS as the tuner fad was in full swing. However, the car that we got was nothing more than a dressed-up Saturn Ion. Both cars had a less-than-satisfactory reputation and reliability. Abysmal safety ratings didn’t add to the letdown that was the new generation of GM compacts.