Compare 2009 Kia Spectra vs 2009 Pontiac Vibe vs 2009 Toyota Matrix

2009 Kia Spectra
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2009 Pontiac Vibe
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2009 Toyota Matrix
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $12,965 $13,550
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 24 32 $13,925 $14,550
4-Door Sedan Manual EX 23 30 $14,540 $15,500
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 23 30 $15,380 $16,450
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 32 $15,470 $16,550
5-Door HB Manual Spectra5 23 30 $15,610 $16,695
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 24 32 $16,310 $17,450
5-Door HB Automatic Spectra5 24 32 $16,540 $17,695
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4-Door HB FWD w/1SA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB FWD w/1SA 26 32 $15,375 $16,100
4-Door HB FWD w/1SB 21 28 $15,752 $16,495
4-Door HB AWD 20 26 $19,553 $20,475
4-Door HB FWD GT 21 28 $19,935 $20,875
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5-Door Wagon Manual FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon Manual FWD 26 32 $15,229 $16,290
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD 26 32 $15,229 $16,290
4-Door Wagon Automatic FWD 25 31 $15,989 $17,100
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD 25 31 $15,989 $17,100
4-Door Wagon Manual FWD S 21 28 $16,798 $18,360
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD S 21 28 $16,798 $18,360
4-Door Wagon Automatic FWD S 21 29 $17,888 $19,550
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD S 21 29 $17,888 $19,550
4-Door Wagon Automatic AWD S 20 26 $18,758 $20,500
5-Door Wagon Automatic AWD S 20 26 $18,758 $20,500
4-Door Wagon Manual FWD XRS 21 28 $18,994 $20,760
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD XRS 21 28 $18,994 $20,760
4-Door Wagon Automatic FWD XRS 21 29 $20,084 $21,950
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD XRS 21 29 $20,084 $21,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$12,965
$15,375
$15,229
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,550
$16,100
$16,290
Monthly Payment Estimate
$226 / month
$268 / month
$272 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
8.0
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Kia Spectra has a roomy interior and respectable performance at a bargain price. The small-hatchback competition is growing, but with a new look, upgraded powertrains, and bolstered safety features, the new 2009 Pontiac Vibe should be a top choice. Can't make up your mind between coupe, sedan, or SUV? The versatile, economical, and safe 2009 Toyota Matrix might be the solution.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 26 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 32 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact Passenger Car Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 52.3 52.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.0 91.4 114
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 36.2 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.5 40.5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 43.7 43.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 53.3 53.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 39.4 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 52.6 52.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 41.6 41.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.3 69.5 69.5
Track Width, Front (in)
58.9 59.8 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 5.8 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
177.2 171.1 171.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 61.0 61.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.5 59.9 59.9
Wheelbase (in)
102.8 102.4 102.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.2 - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 49.4 61.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 20.1 19.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.1 x - TBD - NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.82 10.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.19 10.2
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.0 13 13.2
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.1 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.2 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.3 35.3 36.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/55R16 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QGF NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P205/55R16 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD - Temporary
Front Tire Order Code
NA QGF NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2701-2826 2856 2865
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - Temporary
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.3 6.9 5.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 132 @ 6000 132 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas L4 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - DOHC EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4500 128 @ 4400 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA LAY NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 32 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 26 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 28 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.31 1.31
Trans Type
5 5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.73 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.25 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 1.90 1.90
Trans Order Code
NA MM5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.84 4.31 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 0.89 0.89
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 3.17 3.17
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Spectra Pontiac Vibe Toyota Matrix
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4 Door Compact Car 5 Door Wagon
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Dual-Link NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 8 8

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