Compare 2009 Hyundai Elantra vs 2008 Ford Focus

2009 Hyundai Elantra
2008 Ford Focus
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4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,735 $14,120
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,690 $15,120
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 25 33 $14,690 $15,120
4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,334 $17,020
4-Door Wagon Manual Touring 23 31 $17,071 $17,800
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $17,090 $17,820
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE PZEV 25 33 $17,090 $17,820
4-Door Wagon Automatic Touring 23 30 $17,827 $18,600
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,735
$13,569
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,120
$14,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$235 / month
$240 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Hyundai Elantra is one of the most practical—albeit bland—small-sedan choices, while the new Elantra Touring hatchback adds a little more spice. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 50.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.9 93.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.2
Second Hip Room (in)
54.0 48.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 53.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 41.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.7 58.1
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 102.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 58.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 175.0
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 58.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 13.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 13.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.9 34.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P195/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P195/60R15
Spare Tire Size
T125/80D15 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2723 2588
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4600 136 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA 99N
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 140 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.26 1.45
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 2.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.19 3.56
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Ford Focus
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Control blade
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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