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Selected Style 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
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
$12,345
$14,352
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$12,895
$15,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$215 / month
$256 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line 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. 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 23 mpg 26 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 52.4 53.0
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 36.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 38.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.0 92.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 54.8
Second Head Room (in) 38.2 37.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 54.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.8 41.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.5 60.4
Wheelbase (in) 102.8 102.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.3 69.3
Track Width, Front (in) 58.9 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 5.8
Length, Overall (in) 177.2 178.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.2 16.6
Brakes
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 10.1 x - TBD - 9.0 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 ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.0 13.2
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.8 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.3 35.6
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/60R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P195/60R15 -
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
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) 2701 2723
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.3 5.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 136 @ 4500 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 6000 132 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System - TBD - EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 30
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.62 3.17
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.39 1.31
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.25 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.05 1.90
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.84 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.06 0.89
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name Kia Spectra Toyota Corolla
Body Style 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Dual-Link Stabilizer Bar
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 8
 
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