Compare 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2010 Kia Forte

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
2010 Kia Forte
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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 EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 25 34 $16,190 $16,995
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 34 $14,410 $14,695
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 31 $17,610 $18,495
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual EX 25 34 $15,230 $15,995
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $13,430 $13,695
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual SX 22 32 $16,660 $17,495
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $16,760 $17,595
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $17,810 $18,695
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 25 34 $15,810 $16,595
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $16,860 $17,695
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,540
$16,190
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,990
$16,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$283 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value. The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
49.5 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83 96.8
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
46.1 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 55.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
35.7 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.0 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 43.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 61.6
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 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
180.5 178.3
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 57.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 14.7
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 13.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.89
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 33.8
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
N2H - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
N2H - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2721 2740
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4900 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
LAP - TBD -
Displacement
2.2L/134.3 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 156 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 28
Transmission
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 - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.63 3.68
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Kia Forte
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4dr Sdn
Suspension
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 -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Premium Ride Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 6.7

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