Compare 2009 Honda Civic vs 2010 Kia Forte vs 2010 Toyota Corolla

2009 Honda Civic
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2010 Kia Forte
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2010 Toyota Corolla
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4-Door Manual DX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Coupe 2-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,112 $15,305
Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $14,846 $16,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual LX 26 34 $15,901 $17,255
Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,635 $18,055
Coupe 2-Door Manual EX 26 34 $17,781 $19,305
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,515 $20,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual EX-L 26 34 $19,203 $20,855
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi EX 26 34 $19,615 $21,305
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $19,936 $21,655
Coupe 2-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,166 $21,905
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 25 36 $20,349 $22,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 21 29 $20,349 $22,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi EX-L 26 34 $21,037 $22,855
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 25 36 $21,771 $23,655
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi Si 21 29 $22,000 $23,905
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi & Summer Tires Si 21 29 $22,184 $24,105
4-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,296 $15,505
4-Door Manual DX-VP 26 34 $14,984 $16,255
4-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $15,029 $16,305
4-Door Automatic DX-VP 25 36 $15,717 $17,055
4-Door Manual LX 26 34 $16,084 $17,455
4-Door Manual LX-S 26 34 $16,635 $18,055
4-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,818 $18,255
4-Door Automatic LX-S 25 36 $17,368 $18,855
4-Door Manual EX 26 34 $17,781 $19,305
4-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,515 $20,105
4-Door Manual EX-L 26 34 $19,203 $20,855
4-Door Manual w/Navi EX 26 34 $19,615 $21,305
4-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $19,936 $21,655
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 25 36 $20,349 $22,105
4-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,349 $22,105
4-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 21 29 $20,533 $22,305
4-Door Manual w/Navi EX-L 26 34 $21,037 $22,855
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 25 36 $21,771 $23,655
4-Door Manual w/Navi Si 21 29 $22,184 $24,105
4-Door Manual w/Navi & Summer Tires Si 21 29 $22,367 $24,305
4-Door Automatic GX 24 36 $23,746 $25,190
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 40 45 $21,766 $23,650
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Leather 40 45 $22,867 $24,850
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Navi 40 45 $23,601 $25,650
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Navi & Leather 40 45 $24,701 $26,850
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $13,430 $13,695
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 34 $14,410 $14,695
4-Door Sedan Manual EX 25 34 $15,230 $15,995
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 25 34 $15,810 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 25 34 $16,190 $16,995
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 22 32 $16,660 $17,495
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $16,760 $17,595
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $16,860 $17,695
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 31 $17,610 $18,495
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $17,810 $18,695
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4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 26 35 $14,445 $15,450
4-Door Sedan Automatic 26 34 $15,193 $16,250
4-Door Sedan Manual S 26 35 $15,115 $16,520
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 26 34 $15,417 $16,850
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 26 34 $15,875 $17,350
4-Door Sedan Automatic XLE 26 34 $16,241 $17,750
4-Door Sedan Manual XRS 22 30 $17,347 $18,960
4-Door Sedan Automatic XRS 22 30 $18,437 $20,150
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,296
$13,430
$14,445
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,505
$13,695
$15,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$258 / month
$228 / month
$258 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Honda Civic lineup rates well for safety, handling, and overall frugality, though those who plan to carry cargo or frequent backseat passengers should look elsewhere. The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down. The 2010 Toyota Corolla has two different personalities: a bare-basic entry-level model and the sporty—but pricey—Corolla XRS.
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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 25 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 35.0 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.0 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
51.0 53.3 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 55.7 54.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.4 54.7 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.3 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
51.9 53.0 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.9 96.8 92.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.0 69.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
59.0 61.3 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
176.7 178.3 178.7
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 57.5 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 61.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 104.3 102.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 14.7 12.3
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x - TBD - NA 9.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.7 13.2
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.89 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.7 - TBD - 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 33.8 35.6
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric-Assist Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2630 2707 2723
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.8 - TBD - 5.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6300 156 @ 6200 132 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI - TBD - SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4300 144 @ 4300 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 25 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 34 35
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.24 1.19 1.31
Trans Type
5 5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.70 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.58 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.87 1.96 1.90
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.29 4.19 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.95 0.91 0.89
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.31 3.17
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Civic Sdn Kia Forte Toyota Corolla
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.39 - TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.95 - TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 - TBD - 8
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 6.7 6.2

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