Compare 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2009 Toyota Corolla

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt
2009 Toyota Corolla
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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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4-Door Sedan Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic 27 35 $15,100 $16,150
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 27 35 $15,326 $16,750
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic S 27 35 $15,783 $17,250
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic XLE 27 35 $16,149 $17,650
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic XRS 22 30 $18,345 $20,050
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Manual 26 35 $14,352 $15,350
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Manual S 26 35 $15,023 $16,420
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Manual XRS 22 30 $17,256 $18,860

Pricing

Invoice Price

$13,617
$15,100

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$14,410
$16,150

Monthly Payment Estimate

$240 / month
$269 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.0
7.8

TCC’s Bottom Line

The Cobalt is cheap and comfortable, and it performs reasonably well, but it's past its prime. 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

City

24 mpg 27 mpg

Highway

33 mpg 35 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in)

32.2 36.3

Front Head Room (in)

38.7 38.8

Passenger Volume (ft³)

83 92.0

Second Hip Room (in)

46.1 43.9

Front Shoulder Room (in)

53.0 54.8

Second Head Room (in)

35.7 37.2

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

49.0 54.6

Front Leg Room (in)

42.0 41.7

Front Hip Room (in)

49.5 53.0

Exterior Dimensions

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

67.9 69.3

Track Width, Front (in)

58.7 60.3

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.4 5.8

Length, Overall (in)

180.5 178.7

Height, Overall (in)

55.5 57.7

Track Width, Rear (in)

58.1 60.4

Wheelbase (in)

103.3 102.4

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

13.9 16.6

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.7 x 0.94 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

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

- TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13 13.2

Steering

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.6 17.4

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

33.5 35.6

Steering Type

Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.6 3.4

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P195/65R15 P195/65R15

Rear Tire Order Code

N2H NA

Front Tire Size

P195/65R15 -

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

N2H NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 150

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA 150

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 1500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA 1500

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2991 2745

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x 6 15 x 6.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x 6 15 x 6.0

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

6.9 5.8

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - - TBD -

Engine

Displacement

2.2L/134 1.8L/110

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

148 @ 5600 132 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4

Fuel System

SFI EFI

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

152 @ 4200 128 @ 4400

Engine Order Code

L61 NA

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

24 27

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

33 35

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

- 30

Transmission

Trans Type

5 4

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.69 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.31 2.34

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.02 1.55

Trans Order Code

MM5 NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.84 4.13

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.98 0.70

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.58 2.85

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.35 1.00

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chevrolet Cobalt Toyota Corolla

Body Style

2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - 0.79

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA Stabilizer Bar

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - 0.94

Suspension Type - Rear

Premium Ride Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA Stabilizer Bar

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

Premium Ride MacPherson Strut

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- 8

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