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
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
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 53.9
Exterior Dimensions
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
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 57.9
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
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 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.9 33.3
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 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2723 2701
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 - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
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
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
Fuel System
MPI - TBD -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23
Transmission
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
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 1.06
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
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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