Compare 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2008 Hyundai Elantra

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
2008 Hyundai Elantra
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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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4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,540
$13,592
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,990
$13,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$233 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.6
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 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
49.6 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.1 97.9
Second Leg Room (in)
33.7 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
46.4 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 55.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.4 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 43.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 58.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 14.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
12 x 0.5 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x 0.94 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 14
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 33.9
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65TR15
Rear Tire Order Code
RPJ NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65TR15
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
N2H NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2783 2751
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 7.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 75
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4900 136 @ 4600
Engine Order Code
LAP NA
Displacement
2.2L/134.3 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.35 1.26
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 1.96
Trans Order Code
MM5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.63 4.19
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 0.98
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.31
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Hyundai Elantra
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Premium Ride Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Premium Ride Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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