Compare 2009 Hyundai Elantra vs 2008 Kia Spectra

2009 Hyundai Elantra
2008 Kia Spectra
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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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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $12,345 $12,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 24 32 $13,300 $13,895
4-Door Sedan Manual EX 23 30 $13,925 $14,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 32 $14,860 $15,895
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
5-Door HB Manual Spectra5 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
5-Door HB Automatic Spectra5 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,735
$12,345
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,120
$12,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$235 / month
$215 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
6.4
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 Kia Spectra is still a lot of car for the money, but with it’s a bit outclassed by a host of more refined and updated small-car models.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 42.8
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 52.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.9 97.0
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
54.0 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 38.2
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.7 58.5
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 102.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 68.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 58.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 177.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 12.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10.1 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.8 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 14.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.9 33.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T125/80D15 - TBD -
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 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2723 2701
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
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 - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.0 6.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4600 136 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 1.06
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.62
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.26 1.39
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.19 3.84
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Kia Spectra
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4dr Sdn
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Dual-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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