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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
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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 Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $17,090 $17,820
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE PZEV 25 33 $17,090 $17,820
4-Door Wagon Manual Touring 23 31 $17,071 $17,800
4-Door Wagon Automatic Touring 23 30 $17,827 $18,600
4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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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
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
5-Door HB Manual Spectra5 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
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
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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
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.9 6.3
Length, Overall (in) 177.4 177.2
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.2 12.2
Brakes
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
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14 14.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.4 - TBD -
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 -
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65TR15 P195/60R15
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2723 2701
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
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 -
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
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 30
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4dr Sdn
Vehicle Name Hyundai Elantra Kia Spectra
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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