Compare 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2008 Ford Focus

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
2008 Ford Focus
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4-Door Sedan Base
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
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2-Door Coupe S
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.2
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
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.7 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 39.2
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 58.2
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 13.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x 0.94 10.9 x - TBD -
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 13.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/60R15
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2783 2588
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement
2.2L/134.3 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 140 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4900 136 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
LAP 99N
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 35
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Ford Focus
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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