Compare 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer vs 2009 Subaru WRX

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
X
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
X
2009 Subaru WRX
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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 CVT DE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT DE 22 28 $14,709 $15,440
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT ES 22 28 $16,805 $17,640
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT ES-Sport 22 28 $16,805 $17,640
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT GTS 21 27 $18,615 $19,540
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual DE 22 30 $13,852 $14,540
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual ES 22 30 $15,948 $16,740
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual ES-Sport 22 30 $15,948 $16,740
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual GTS 21 28 $17,663 $18,540
Lancer 4-Door Sedan TC-SST Ralliart N/A N/A $25,427 $26,690
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4-Door Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual 18 25 $23,617 $24,995
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual w/Premium Pkg 18 25 $25,925 $27,495
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual w/Sat/Nav 18 25 $27,771 $29,495
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual 18 25 $24,082 $25,495
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual STI 18 25 $33,035 $34,995
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual STI w/Gold Wheels 18 25 $34,892 $36,995
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual STI w/Gold Wheels/Nav 18 25 $36,562 $38,795
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual STI w/Silver Wheels 18 25 $34,892 $36,995
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual STI w/Silver Wheels/Nav 18 25 $36,562 $38,795
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual w/Premium Pkg 18 25 $26,389 $27,995
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual w/Sat/Nav 18 25 $28,234 $29,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,540
$14,709
$23,617
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,990
$15,440
$24,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$257 / month
$417 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The price is right for the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, yet most of its competitors offer a better overall value. The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is essentially the daily-driving Evo, with every bit the racy look but not the jarring ride and peaky powertrain. The 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX is a niche model that won't appeal to everyone; it's extremely entertaining, remarkably comfortable, and very safe, but might disappoint those who value refinement and frugality for the daily grind.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 22 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
49.5 53.3 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83 93.5 87.6
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 36.1 33.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.6 38.6
Second Hip Room (in)
46.1 54.1 51.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 54.7 52.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
35.7 36.9 36.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.0 54.3 52.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 42.2 42.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 60.2 58.9
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 103.7 103.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 27.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.4 68.5
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 60.2 58.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
180.5 180.0 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 58.7 58.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 12.3 11.0
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
12 x 0.5 8.0 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x 0.94 10.9 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA 4-Channel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA 11.3 x 0.71
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 15.3 16.9
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 3.16 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 15.2 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 32.8 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/60R16 P205/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
N2H NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/60R16 P205/50R17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact T125/70D17
Front Tire Order Code
N2H NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD - 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD - 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2721 2999 3142
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 16 x - TBD - 17 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 16 x - TBD - 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 - TBD - 8.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - 356
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4900 146 @ 4250 244 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LAP 4B11 NA
Displacement
2.2L/134.3 2.0L/122 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 152 @ 6000 265 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Turbo Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
MFI MPI MFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 22 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 24 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 2.35 - 0.39 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.35 NA 1.37
Trans Type
5 Variable 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 NA 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 NA 1.95
Trans Order Code
MM5 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.63 NA 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 NA 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Continuously Variable Manual
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Mitsubishi Lancer Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Premium Ride MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA w/Lower L-Arm
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.79 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Premium Ride Multi-Link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Upper A-Arm
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 7 5

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