Compare 2009 Ford Focus vs 2008 Hyundai Elantra

2009 Ford Focus
2008 Hyundai Elantra
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $14,574 $15,520
2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $15,219 $16,400
4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $15,219 $16,400
2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $16,552 $17,865
4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $16,552 $17,865
4-Door Sedan SEL 24 35 $16,916 $18,265
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4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,574
$13,592
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,520
$13,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$259 / month
$233 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.6
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 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 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 43.5
Front Hip Room (in)
50.4 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.4 97.9
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
50.9 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 55.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.7 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
29.5 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.8 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
58.6 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 177.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.8 14.2
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 14
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 15.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65TR15
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65TR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2623 2751
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 75
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4250 136 @ 4600
Engine Order Code
99N NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6000 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.56 4.19
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.98
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.26
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 1.96
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Hyundai Elantra
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bars MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 0.91
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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