Compare 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2008 Hyundai Tiburon

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
2008 Hyundai Tiburon
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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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2-Door Coupe Automatic GS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tiburon 2-Door Coupe Automatic GS 20 27 $17,610 $18,370
Tiburon 2-Door Coupe Automatic GT 17 24 $20,138 $21,270
Tiburon 2-Door Coupe Automatic GT Limited 17 24 $21,313 $22,770
Tiburon 2-Door Coupe Manual GS 20 28 $16,571 $17,270
Tiburon 2-Door Coupe Manual GT 17 24 $19,109 $20,170
Tiburon 2-Door Coupe Manual SE 16 24 $21,174 $22,620
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,540
$17,610
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,990
$18,370
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$306 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value. As good as 2008 Hyundai Tiburon is, its resale value is hurt by the poor quality of earlier models. It's important that you anticipate steep depreciation before committing.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
35.7 34.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.0 50.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
49.5 51.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83 81.9
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 29.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
46.1 44.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 53.9
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.5 173.0
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 52.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 59.1
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 99.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 14.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.2 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 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 13.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 35.8
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/55VR16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
N2H NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/55VR16
Rear Tire Order Code
N2H NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2721 2972
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 3.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4900 136 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LAP NA
Displacement
2.2L/134.3 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 138 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 20
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 1.53
Trans Order Code
MM5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.63 4.41
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 2.84
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
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Hatchback Coupe
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Hyundai Tiburon
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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