The 222 makes exceptional use of space. As a 226 owner, this is one of two features that I'm envious of:
1. Space utilization, namely coolers. (I love the one on the port side of the engine compartment.) The 226 has an anemic cooler.
2. The hard-backed bow seats with the lift cylinders. This was just common sense. Why it did not happen earlier...who knows?
Now, for looks... In my humble opinion, there is absolutely no comparison. The 226 and 246, in addition to being the longest tenured hull offerings from Cobalt in the manufacturer's history, are the absolute sexiest looking boats they have made - both in and out of the water. (The new boats are very "freeboardy", but wow, are they good users space.) They don't look bad in the water, but out of it... Having said all of this, the new ones are great boats, as all Cobalts are. Like everything, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I'd take a new 252!..."freeboardy" and all...
"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of The Republic." - Benjamin Franklin
2006 Cobalt 226
5.7L GXI DP