Compare 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2008 Ford Focus

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt
2008 Ford Focus
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2-Door Coupe LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe LS 24 33 $13,617 $14,410
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe LT 24 33 $14,288 $15,120
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe SS 22 30 $21,106 $22,335
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe Sport 22 32 $18,611 $19,695
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan LS 24 33 $13,617 $14,410
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan LT 24 33 $14,288 $15,120
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan Sport 22 32 $18,611 $19,695
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2-Door Coupe S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
Focus 2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
Focus 2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
Focus 4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925

Pricing

Invoice Price

$13,617
$13,569

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$14,410
$14,395

Monthly Payment Estimate

$240 / month
$240 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.0
7.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

The Cobalt is cheap and comfortable, and it performs reasonably well, but it's past its prime. The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.

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Fuel Economy

City

24 mpg 24 mpg

Highway

33 mpg 35 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in)

32.2 36.1

Passenger Volume (ft³)

83 93.3

Front Head Room (in)

38.7 39.2

Second Hip Room (in)

46.1 48.3

Front Shoulder Room (in)

53.0 53.5

Second Head Room (in)

35.7 38.3

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

49.0 53.6

Front Leg Room (in)

42.0 41.7

Front Hip Room (in)

49.5 50.4

Exterior Dimensions

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - 29.1

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

67.9 67.9

Track Width, Front (in)

58.7 58.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.4 - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

180.5 175.0

Height, Overall (in)

55.5 58.6

Track Width, Rear (in)

58.1 58.1

Wheelbase (in)

103.3 102.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

13.9 13.8

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.7 x 0.94 10.9 x - TBD -

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Brake ABS System

NA NA

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

NA NA

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13 13.0

Steering

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.6 15.8

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

33.5 34.2

Steering Type

Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.6 - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P195/65R15 P195/60R15

Rear Tire Order Code

N2H NA

Front Tire Size

P195/65R15 P195/60R15

Spare Tire Size

Compact NA

Front Tire Order Code

N2H NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 100

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 1000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2991 2588

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Spare Wheel Material

NA NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x 6 15 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x 6 15 x - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

6.9 - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 110

Engine

Displacement

2.2L/134 2.0L/121

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

148 @ 5600 140 @ 6250

Engine Type

Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4

Fuel System

SFI SMPI

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

152 @ 4200 136 @ 4250

Engine Order Code

L61 99N

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

24 24

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

33 35

Transmission

Trans Type

5 5

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.69 0.77

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.31 3.72

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.02 2.14

Trans Order Code

MM5 NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.84 3.56

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.98 1.03

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Manual w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.58 3.67

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.35 1.45

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chevrolet Cobalt Ford Focus

Body Style

2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe

Suspension

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - NA

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - 0.83

Suspension Type - Rear

Premium Ride Control blade

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

Premium Ride MacPherson strut

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