Compare 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2009 Subaru WRX

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
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 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
$23,617
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,990
$24,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$417 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
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 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 18 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
49.5 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83 87.6
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 33.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.6
Second Hip Room (in)
46.1 51.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 52.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
35.7 36.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.0 52.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 42.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 58.9
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 103.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 68.5
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 58.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
180.5 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 58.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 11.0
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 11.5 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Channel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.3 x 0.71
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 16.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 35.4
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
N2H NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/50R17
Spare Tire Size
NA T125/70D17
Front Tire Order Code
N2H NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2721 3142
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 17 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 8.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 356
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4900 244 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LAP NA
Displacement
2.2L/134.3 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 265 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Turbo Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
MFI MFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 21
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.35 1.37
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 1.95
Trans Order Code
MM5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.63 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.45
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Premium Ride Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Lower L-Arm
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Premium Ride Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Upper A-Arm
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 5

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