Compare 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2008 Hyundai Elantra

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
2008 Hyundai Elantra
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2-Door Coupe Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe Base 25 35 $14,540 $14,990
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe LS 25 37 $14,955 $15,660
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe LT w/1LT 25 37 $15,719 $16,460
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe LT w/2LT 24 33 $15,719 $16,460
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe SS 22 30 $22,466 $23,525
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan Base 25 35 $14,540 $14,990
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan LS 25 37 $14,955 $15,660
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 25 37 $15,719 $16,460
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 24 33 $15,719 $16,460
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan SS 22 30 $22,466 $23,525
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4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE PZEV 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,540
$14,547
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,990
$14,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$250 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value. The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 43.5
Front Hip Room (in)
49.5 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83 97.9
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
46.1 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 55.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
35.7 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
180.5 177.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 14.2
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
12 x 0.5 NA
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 NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 14
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 33.9
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 15.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
N2H NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65TR15
Rear Tire Order Code
N2H NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65TR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2721 2895
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 7.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 75
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4900 136 @ 4600
Engine Order Code
LAP NA
Displacement
2.2L/134.3 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.63 3.85
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 0.71
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 2.92
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.35 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 2.48
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 1.55
Trans Order Code
MM5 NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Hyundai Elantra
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Premium Ride Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Premium Ride Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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