Compare 2008 Ford Focus vs 2010 Kia Forte

2008 Ford Focus
2010 Kia Forte
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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 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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,569
$16,190
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,395
$16,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$240 / month
$283 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
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 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.3 96.8
Second Hip Room (in)
48.3 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 55.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 43.3
Front Hip Room (in)
50.4 53.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
29.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
58.2 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 178.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.6 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 104.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.8 14.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.0 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 13.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 33.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.89
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2588 2740
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6250 156 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4250 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
99N - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 34
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 28
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 - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.56 3.68
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Kia Forte
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4dr Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Control blade Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 6.7

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