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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Base
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Base 25 35 $14,540 $14,990
4-Door Sedan Base 25 35 $14,540 $14,990
2-Door Coupe LS 25 37 $14,955 $15,660
4-Door Sedan LS 25 37 $14,955 $15,660
2-Door Coupe LT w/1LT 25 37 $15,719 $16,460
2-Door Coupe LT w/2LT 24 33 $15,719 $16,460
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 25 37 $15,719 $16,460
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 24 33 $15,719 $16,460
2-Door Coupe SS 22 30 $22,466 $23,525
4-Door Sedan SS 22 30 $22,466 $23,525
2-Door Coupe S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,540
$13,569
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,990
$14,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$240 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value. The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 46.4 48.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.0 53.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.7 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.4 53.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 41.7
Front Hip Room (in) 49.6 50.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 87.1 93.3
Second Leg Room (in) 33.7 36.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 39.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 180.3 175.0
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 58.6
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.1 58.1
Wheelbase (in) 103.3 102.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 29.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.9 67.9
Track Width, Front (in) 58.7 58.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.9 13.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 12 x 0.5 - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.7 x 0.94 10.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13 13.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.6 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 34.2
Steering Type Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code RPJ NA
Front Tire Size P195/60R15 P195/60R15
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code N2H NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/60R15 P195/60R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2783 2588
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 150 @ 4900 136 @ 4250
Engine Order Code LAP 99N
Displacement 2.2L/134.3 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 155 @ 6100 140 @ 6250
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 35
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.02 2.14
Trans Order Code MM5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.63 3.56
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.98 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.67
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.35 1.45
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Cobalt Ford Focus
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear Premium Ride Control blade
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Premium Ride MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
 
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