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

2009 Kia Spectra Change Remove
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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 $12,965 $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 Automatic EX 24 32 $15,470 $16,550
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 23 30 $15,380 $16,450
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 24 32 $16,310 $17,450
5-Door HB Manual Spectra5 23 30 $15,610 $16,695
5-Door HB Automatic Spectra5 24 32 $16,540 $17,695
4-Door HB FWD w/1SA
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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 FWD GT 21 28 $19,935 $20,875
4-Door HB AWD 20 26 $19,553 $20,475
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (SE)
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 26 mpg 26 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 32 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Compact Passenger Car Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.2 - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 20.1 19.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 49.4 61.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.19 10.2
Brake Type Pwr Pwr Pwr
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.0 13 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.3 35.3 36.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
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
Tires
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
Rear Tire Size P195/60R15 P205/55R16 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA QGF NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA N/A 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA N/A 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2701-2826 2856 2865
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.3 6.9 5.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
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
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 6000 132 @ 6000 132 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 32 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 26 26
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style 4dr Sdn 4 Door Compact Car 5 Door Wagon
Vehicle Name Kia Spectra Pontiac Vibe Toyota Matrix
Suspension
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
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 8 8
 
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