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
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 41.7
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 58.6
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 13.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 13.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T125/80D15 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
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
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPI SMPI
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.67
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Ford Focus
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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