Compare 2010 Kia Forte vs 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt

2010 Kia Forte
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $13,430 $13,695
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 34 $14,410 $14,695
4-Door Sedan Manual EX 25 34 $15,230 $15,995
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 25 34 $15,810 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 25 34 $16,190 $16,995
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 22 32 $16,660 $17,495
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $16,760 $17,595
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $16,860 $17,695
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 31 $17,610 $18,495
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $17,810 $18,695
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4-Door Sedan Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Base 25 35 $14,540 $14,990
4-Door Sedan Base 25 35 $14,540 $14,990
2-Door Coupe LS 25 37 $14,955 $15,660
4-Door Sedan LS 25 37 $14,955 $15,660
2-Door Coupe LT w/1LT 25 37 $15,719 $16,460
2-Door Coupe LT w/2LT 24 33 $15,719 $16,460
4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 25 37 $15,719 $16,460
4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 24 33 $15,719 $16,460
2-Door Coupe SS 22 30 $22,466 $23,525
4-Door Sedan SS 22 30 $22,466 $23,525
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,430
$14,540
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,695
$14,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$228 / month
$250 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down. The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 51.4
Front Leg Room (in)
43.3 41.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 49.6
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 33.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 46.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.8 87.1
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 58.1
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 103.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61.3 58.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 180.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.7 13.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 12 x 0.5
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.7 x 0.94
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)
13.7 13
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.8 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - N2H
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - RPJ
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/60R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2707 2783
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 6.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200 155 @ 6100
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
- TBD - MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300 150 @ 4900
Engine Order Code
- TBD - LAP
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.2L/134.3
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 35
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.31
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 2.02
Trans Order Code
- TBD - MM5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.19 3.63
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 0.98
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.58
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.35
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.69
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Chevrolet Cobalt
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Premium Ride
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Premium Ride
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 8

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