Compare 2008 Ford Focus vs 2009 Kia Spectra

2008 Ford Focus
2009 Kia Spectra
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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
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 32 $15,470 $16,550
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 24 32 $13,925 $14,550
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 24 32 $16,310 $17,450
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Manual EX 23 30 $14,540 $15,500
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $12,965 $13,550
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Manual SX 23 30 $15,380 $16,450
Spectra 5-Door HB Automatic Spectra5 24 32 $16,540 $17,695
Spectra 5-Door HB Manual Spectra5 23 30 $15,610 $16,695
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,569
$15,470
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,395
$16,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$240 / month
$276 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
6.4
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 2009 Kia Spectra has a roomy interior and respectable performance at a bargain price.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.3 97.0
Second Hip Room (in)
48.3 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 55.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 38.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.8
Front Hip Room (in)
50.4 52.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
29.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 68.3
Track Width, Front (in)
58.2 58.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 177.2
Height, Overall (in)
58.6 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 58.5
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 102.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.8 12.2
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 NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.2 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 14.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 33.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/60R15
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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 2767-2892
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 6.3
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 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4250 136 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
99N NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 32
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 27
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 Kia Spectra
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 Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Dual-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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