Compare 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vs 2010 Ford Focus vs 2010 Nissan Sentra

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
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2010 Ford Focus
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2010 Nissan Sentra
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2-Door Coupe Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe Base 25 37 $14,390 $14,990
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe LS 25 37 $15,043 $15,670
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe LT w/1LT 25 37 $15,811 $16,470
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe LT w/2LT 25 35 $15,811 $16,470
Cobalt 2-Door Coupe SS 22 30 $23,553 $24,535
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan Base 25 37 $14,390 $14,990
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan LS 25 37 $15,043 $15,670
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT 25 37 $15,811 $16,470
Cobalt 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT 25 35 $15,811 $16,470
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2-Door Coupe SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $16,025 $17,170
Focus 2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $17,489 $18,780
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $15,387 $16,290
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $16,025 $17,170
Focus 4-Door Sedan SEL 24 35 $17,489 $18,780
Focus 4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $17,489 $18,780
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 26 34 $15,923 $16,600
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 26 34 $16,009 $17,160
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 26 34 $17,312 $18,560
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR 26 34 $16,009 $17,160
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,260 $19,580
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $14,794 $15,420
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 28 $18,725 $20,080
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,390
$16,025
$15,923
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,990
$17,170
$16,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$286 / month
$277 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
7.2
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
There's not much to recommend on the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, though it does have good fuel economy and a reasonably comfortable interior. If you've got around $15,000 to spend, the 2010 Ford Focus is a great choice, especially if you are prioritizing safety or comfort. The 2010 Nissan Sentra looks plain on the outside and is only offered in one body style, but there's a lot to love for shoppers who value a comfortable, well-appointed interior.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 35 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-compact Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
35.7 38.3 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.0 53.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 41.7 42.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
49.5 50.4 54.1
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 36.1 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.2 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
46.1 48.3 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.0 53.5 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83 93.3 97.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 - TBD - 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
180.5 175.0 179.8
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 58.6 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 58.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.3 102.9 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.6 28.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 67.9 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 58.6 59.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.9 13.8 13.1
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
12 x 0.5 - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x 0.94 10.8 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA 4-wheel NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13 13.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 34.2 35.4
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 - TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 15.8 16.4
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/50R16 P205/60HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
N2H - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/50R16 P205/60HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
N2H - TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2721 2638 2930
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.9 - TBD - 2.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110 100
Engine
Displacement
2.2L/134.3 2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 140 @ 6000 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MFI SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4900 136 @ 4250 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
LAP 99N NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 35 34
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.77 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.73 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 2.14 NA
Trans Order Code
MM5 - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.63 3.82 5.41
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98 1.03 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.67 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.35 1.45 NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cobalt Ford Focus Nissan Sentra
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.87 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Premium Ride Independent SLA Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Premium Ride Independent MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 8 8
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- TBD - 6.7 6.5

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