Compare 2008 Ford Focus vs 2008 Hyundai Elantra

2008 Ford Focus
2008 Hyundai Elantra
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2-Door Coupe S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
Focus 2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
Focus 2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
Focus 4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925
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4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE PZEV 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670

Pricing

Invoice Price

$13,569
$14,547

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$14,395
$14,970

Monthly Payment Estimate

$240 / month
$250 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.2
7.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000. The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.

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Fuel Economy

City

24 mpg 25 mpg

Highway

35 mpg 33 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Mid-Size

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in)

36.1 35.0

Front Head Room (in)

39.2 40.0

Passenger Volume (ft³)

93.3 97.9

Second Hip Room (in)

48.3 54.0

Front Shoulder Room (in)

53.5 55.6

Second Head Room (in)

38.3 37.6

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

53.6 55.1

Front Leg Room (in)

41.7 43.5

Front Hip Room (in)

50.4 54.2

Exterior Dimensions

Liftover Height (in)

29.1 - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

67.9 69.9

Track Width, Front (in)

58.2 60.7

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.9

Length, Overall (in)

175.0 177.4

Height, Overall (in)

58.6 58.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

58.1 60.7

Wheelbase (in)

102.9 104.3

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

13.8 14.2

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.9 x - TBD - 10.8 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

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

- TBD - NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.0 14

Steering

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

15.8 15.4

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.2 33.9

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 3.1

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P195/60R15 P195/65TR15

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P195/60R15 P195/65TR15

Spare Tire Size

NA Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 150

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 1500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2588 2895

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 7.0

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

110 75

Engine

Displacement

2.0L/121 2.0L/121

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

140 @ 6250 138 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

SMPI - TBD -

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

136 @ 4250 136 @ 4600

Engine Order Code

99N NA

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

24 25

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

35 33

Transmission

Trans Type

5 4

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.77 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.72 2.48

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.14 1.55

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.56 3.85

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.03 0.71

Trans Description Cont.

Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.67 2.92

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.45 1.00

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Focus Hyundai Elantra

Body Style

2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

NA 0.67

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA MacPherson Strut

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.83 0.91

Suspension Type - Rear

Control blade Independent

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA Multi-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson strut Independent

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