Compare 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2009 Toyota Corolla

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt
2009 Toyota Corolla
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe LS 24 33 $13,617 $14,410
4-Door Sedan LS 24 33 $13,617 $14,410
2-Door Coupe LT 24 33 $14,288 $15,120
4-Door Sedan LT 24 33 $14,288 $15,120
2-Door Coupe Sport 22 32 $18,611 $19,695
4-Door Sedan Sport 22 32 $18,611 $19,695
2-Door Coupe SS 22 30 $21,106 $22,335
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4-Door Sedan Manual
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,617
$14,352
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,410
$15,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$240 / month
$256 / 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 26 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.4 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
49.6 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
33.7 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.1 92.0
Second Hip Room (in)
46.4 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 54.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 37.2
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 102.4
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)
180.3 178.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 16.6
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 13.2
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 17.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
N2H NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
N2H NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3216 2723
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.0
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 5.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
152 @ 4200 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
L61 NA
Displacement
2.2L/134 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 5600 132 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 30
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.84 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 0.89
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.17
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.35 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 1.90
Trans Order Code
MM5 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Toyota Corolla
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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