By the mid-2000s, the Chevy Cavalier was long in the tooth. That meant that it was time to introduce something new to the market and that was the Cobalt. The Cobalt was a completely new compact car that utilized a new engine and a larger design (via Readers Digest).
The problem was that the Cobalt was still considered an inferior compact car compared to the competition. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla were becoming more luxurious by the day. The Cobalt was lacking in performance and refinement and even the SS model wasn’t enough to save the brand.