Compare 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2008 Nissan Sentra

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
2008 Nissan Sentra
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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 I4 CVT 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 25 33 $15,483 $16,140
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,275 $16,370
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 25 33 $16,018 $17,170
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 25 33 $17,786 $19,070
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,716 $20,070
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 33 $19,181 $20,570
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,540
$15,483
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,990
$16,140
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$269 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.8
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 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
49.6 54.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.1 97.4
Second Leg Room (in)
33.7 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
46.4 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 56.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.4 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 179.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 59.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 13.1
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
12 x 0.5 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x 0.94 11.02 x 0.94
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/60HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
RPJ NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/60HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
N2H NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2783 2925
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 7.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4900 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
LAP NA
Displacement
2.2L/134.3 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.35 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 NA
Trans Order Code
MM5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.63 5.41
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual CVT
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Nissan Sentra
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Premium Ride Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Premium Ride Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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