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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
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
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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
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 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Hip Room (in) 49.6 54.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 87.1 97.4
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in) 103.3 105.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.9 13.1
Brakes
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
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 12 x 0.5 9.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13 14.5
Steering
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
Steering Type Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code NA 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
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6 15 x 6.5
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
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 150 @ 4900 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code LAP NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 33
Transmission
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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.58 2.35 - 0.39
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Cobalt Nissan Sentra
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front Premium Ride Independent Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
 
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