Compare 2008 Ford Focus vs 2009 Toyota Corolla

2008 Ford Focus
2009 Toyota Corolla
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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
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4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 26 35 $14,352 $15,350
4-Door Sedan Automatic 27 35 $15,100 $16,150
4-Door Sedan Manual S 26 35 $15,023 $16,420
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 27 35 $15,326 $16,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 27 35 $15,783 $17,250
4-Door Sedan Automatic XLE 27 35 $16,149 $17,650
4-Door Sedan Manual XRS 22 30 $17,256 $18,860
4-Door Sedan Automatic XRS 22 30 $18,345 $20,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,569
$14,352
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,395
$15,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$240 / month
$256 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
50.4 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 38.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.3 92.0
Second Hip Room (in)
48.3 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 54.8
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.6 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
29.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
58.2 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 178.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.8 16.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 35.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2588 2723
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 5.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4250 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
99N NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6250 132 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 30
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.17
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 1.90
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.56 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.89
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Toyota Corolla
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Control blade Torsion Beam
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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