Compare 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2010 Kia Forte vs 2009 Toyota Corolla

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
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2010 Kia Forte
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2009 Toyota Corolla
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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
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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
$14,540
$16,190
$15,100
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,990
$16,995
$16,150
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$283 / month
$269 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.0
7.8
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. 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
25 mpg 25 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
35.7 37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.0 54.7 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 43.3 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
49.5 53.0 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83 96.8 92.0
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 35.0 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 40.0 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
46.1 53.3 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 55.7 54.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
180.5 178.3 178.7
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 57.5 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 61.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 104.3 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 61.3 60.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 14.7 16.6
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
12 x 0.5 NA 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x 0.94 11.0 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 13.7 13.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 - TBD - 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 33.8 35.6
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.89 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65R15 -
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
N2H - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
N2H - TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2721 2740 2745
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 - TBD - 5.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI - TBD - EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4900 144 @ 4300 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LAP - TBD - NA
Displacement
2.2L/134.3 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 156 @ 6200 132 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 34 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25 27
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 2.48 2.34
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 1.55 1.55
Trans Order Code
MM5 - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.63 3.68 4.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 0.71 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 2.92 2.85
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.35 1.00 1.00
Trans Type
5 4 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Kia Forte Toyota Corolla
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Premium Ride Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Premium Ride Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 - TBD - 8
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 6.7 -

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