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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 25 34 $15,810 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $13,430 $13,695
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $16,760 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 34 $14,410 $14,695
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $16,860 $17,695
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $17,810 $18,695
4-Door Sedan Manual EX 25 34 $15,230 $15,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 25 34 $16,190 $16,995
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 22 32 $16,660 $17,495
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 31 $17,610 $18,495
4-Door Sedan Manual (SE)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 26 35 $14,352 $15,350
4-Door Sedan Automatic 27 35 $15,100 $16,150
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 27 35 $15,326 $16,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic XLE 27 35 $16,149 $17,650
4-Door Sedan Manual S 26 35 $15,023 $16,420
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 27 35 $15,783 $17,250
4-Door Sedan Manual XRS 22 30 $17,256 $18,860
4-Door Sedan Automatic XRS 22 30 $18,345 $20,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,430
$14,352
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,695
$15,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$228 / month
$256 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 26 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 53.3 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.8 92.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.6
Front Leg Room (in) 43.3 41.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 53.0
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 36.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 38.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.3 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.9 5.8
Length, Overall (in) 178.3 178.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.5 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in) 104.3 102.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 69.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.7 16.6
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.7 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.8 35.6
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.89 3.4
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 -
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2707 2723
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 5.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 144 @ 4300 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code - TBD - NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 156 @ 6200 132 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System - TBD - EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 30
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.17
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.19 1.31
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.25
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.96 1.90
Trans Order Code - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.19 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 0.89
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name Kia Forte Toyota Corolla
Body Style 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut Stabilizer Bar
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - 8
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.7 -
 
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