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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)
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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 Manual S 26 35 $15,023 $16,420
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 27 35 $15,326 $16,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 27 35 $15,783 $17,250
4-Door Sedan Automatic XLE 27 35 $16,149 $17,650
4-Door Sedan Manual XRS 22 30 $17,256 $18,860
4-Door Sedan Automatic XRS 22 30 $18,345 $20,050
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,352
$13,592
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,350
$13,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$256 / month
$233 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS. The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 26 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 43.5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 54.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Leg Room (in) 36.3 35.0
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 43.9 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 55.6
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 92.0 97.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.4 60.7
Wheelbase (in) 102.4 104.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.3 69.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.3 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.8 5.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.7 177.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 58.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.6 14.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x - TBD - NA
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 NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.4 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.4 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.6 33.9
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P195/65TR15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Size - P195/65TR15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2723 2751
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 5.8 7.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 75
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 132 @ 6000 138 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System EFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 128 @ 4400 136 @ 4600
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 30 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 33
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.25 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90 1.96
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31 4.19
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.89 0.98
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.17 3.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.26
Trans Type 5 5
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Toyota Corolla Hyundai Elantra
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.79 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Stabilizer Bar MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.94 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Stabilizer Bar Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
 
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