Compare 2009 Ford Focus vs 2009 Honda Civic vs 2010 Kia Forte

2009 Ford Focus
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2009 Honda Civic
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2010 Kia Forte
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2-Door Coupe SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $15,219 $16,400
Focus 2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $16,552 $17,865
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $14,574 $15,520
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $15,219 $16,400
Focus 4-Door Sedan SEL 24 35 $16,916 $18,265
Focus 4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $16,552 $17,865
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2-Door Automatic DX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $14,846 $16,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,515 $20,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX w/Navi 25 36 $20,349 $22,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $19,936 $21,655
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi 25 36 $21,771 $23,655
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,635 $18,055
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,112 $15,305
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual EX 26 34 $17,781 $19,305
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual EX w/Navi 26 34 $19,615 $21,305
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual EX-L 26 34 $19,203 $20,855
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual EX-L w/Navi 26 34 $21,037 $22,855
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual LX 26 34 $15,901 $17,255
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,166 $21,905
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Navi 21 29 $22,000 $23,905
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Navi & Summer Tires 21 29 $22,184 $24,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Summer Tires 21 29 $20,349 $22,105
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 40 45 $21,766 $23,650
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Leather 40 45 $22,867 $24,850
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Navi 40 45 $23,601 $25,650
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Navi & Leather 40 45 $24,701 $26,850
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $15,029 $16,305
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic DX-VP 25 36 $15,717 $17,055
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,515 $20,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX w/Navi 25 36 $20,349 $22,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $19,936 $21,655
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi 25 36 $21,771 $23,655
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic GX 24 36 $23,746 $25,190
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,818 $18,255
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic LX-S 25 36 $17,368 $18,855
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,296 $15,505
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual DX-VP 26 34 $14,984 $16,255
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual EX 26 34 $17,781 $19,305
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual EX w/Navi 26 34 $19,615 $21,305
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual EX-L 26 34 $19,203 $20,855
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual EX-L w/Navi 26 34 $21,037 $22,855
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual LX 26 34 $16,084 $17,455
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual LX-S 26 34 $16,635 $18,055
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,349 $22,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si w/Navi 21 29 $22,184 $24,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si w/Navi & Summer Tires 21 29 $22,367 $24,305
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si w/Summer Tires 21 29 $20,533 $22,305
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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
$15,219
$14,846
$16,190
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,400
$16,105
$16,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$273 / month
$268 / month
$283 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Ford Focus is a solid choice if you're looking for a roomy car that rides well, with a base price that starts around $15,000. The 2009 Honda Civic is a very livable fuel-economy champ. 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 25 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 36 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
50.4 53.0 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.3 83.7 96.8
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 30.3 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 38.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
48.3 49.2 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 53.9 55.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 35.1 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 52.1 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.6 43.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 60.1 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 104.3 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
29.6 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 68.9 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
58.6 59.0 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 175.5 178.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.7 55.0 57.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.8 11.5 14.7
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - 7.9 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 13.2 13.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.73 2.89
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 13.62 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 35.4 33.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R16 P195/65HR15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P205/50R16 P195/65HR15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2588 2652 2740
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 6.3 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4250 128 @ 4300 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
99N NA - TBD -
Displacement
2.0L/121 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6000 140 @ 6300 156 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 36 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 29 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.02 1.00
Trans Type
5 5 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.53 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.73 1.96 2.48
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 1.53 1.55
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.82 4.44 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.72 0.71
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.42 2.67 2.92
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Honda Civic Cpe Kia Forte
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe 4dr Sdn
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bars NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 1.0 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA Multi-link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 8 - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- - 6.7

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