Compare 2010 Kia Forte vs 2008 Ford Focus

2010 Kia Forte
2008 Ford Focus
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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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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
$13,430
$13,569
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,695
$14,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$228 / month
$240 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.2
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 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
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.3 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 50.4
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 48.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 53.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.8 93.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 175.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 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)
61.3 58.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.7 13.8
Brakes
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 - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.7 13.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.8 34.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.8
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/60R15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2707 2588
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200 140 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300 136 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
- TBD - 99N
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 35
Transmission
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 2.14
Trans Order Code
- TBD - 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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.45
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sdn 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Ford Focus
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Control blade
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 -

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