Compare 2010 Ford Focus vs 2010 Kia Forte vs 2009 Toyota Corolla

2010 Ford Focus
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2010 Kia Forte
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2009 Toyota Corolla
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2-Door Coupe SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $16,025 $17,170
Focus 2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $17,489 $18,780
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $15,387 $16,290
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $16,025 $17,170
Focus 4-Door Sedan SEL 24 35 $17,489 $18,780
Focus 4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $17,489 $18,780
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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
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4-Door Sedan Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic 27 35 $15,100 $16,150
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 27 35 $15,326 $16,750
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic S 27 35 $15,783 $17,250
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic XLE 27 35 $16,149 $17,650
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic XRS 22 30 $18,345 $20,050
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Manual 26 35 $14,352 $15,350
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Manual S 26 35 $15,023 $16,420
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Manual XRS 22 30 $17,256 $18,860
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,025
$16,190
$15,100
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,170
$16,995
$16,150
Monthly Payment Estimate
$286 / month
$283 / month
$269 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you've got around $15,000 to spend, the 2010 Ford Focus is a great choice, especially if you are prioritizing safety or comfort. 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. The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 25 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.8 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.7 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 43.3 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
50.4 53.0 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 35.0 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 40.0 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
48.3 53.3 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 55.7 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.3 96.8 92.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.6 57.5 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 61.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 104.3 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
29.6 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
58.6 61.3 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 178.3 178.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.8 14.7 16.6
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.5 13.7 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 33.8 35.6
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.89 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 - TBD - 17.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R16 P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P205/50R16 P195/65R15 -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2638 2740 2745
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD - 5.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6000 156 @ 6200 132 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI - TBD - EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4250 144 @ 4300 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
99N - TBD - NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 25 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 34 35
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.73 2.48 2.34
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 1.55 1.55
Trans Order Code
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.82 3.68 4.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.71 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 2.92 2.85
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.00 1.00
Trans Type
5 4 4
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Kia Forte Toyota Corolla
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 - TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar NA Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar MacPherson Strut Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 - TBD - 8
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 6.7 -

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