Compare 2010 Hyundai Elantra vs 2010 Kia Forte vs 2009 Toyota Corolla

2010 Hyundai Elantra
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2010 Kia Forte
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2009 Toyota Corolla
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4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 26 34 $16,385 $16,895
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 26 34 $16,385 $16,895
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 26 34 $17,113 $17,845
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE PZEV 26 34 $17,113 $17,845
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual Blue 26 35 $13,758 $14,145
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Automatic GLS 23 30 $16,671 $17,195
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Automatic SE 23 30 $18,957 $19,795
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Manual GLS 23 31 $15,525 $15,995
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Manual SE 23 31 $18,201 $18,995
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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
$16,385
$16,190
$15,100
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,895
$16,995
$16,150
Monthly Payment Estimate
$282 / month
$283 / month
$269 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Hyundai Elantra remains a perfectly competent and spacious—if slightly boring—sedan, while the Touring wagon gets a more exciting personality. 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
26 mpg 25 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.7 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 43.3 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 53.0 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 35.0 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.0 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
54.0 53.3 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.7 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.9 96.8 92.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.8 37.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.7 61.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 104.3 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 69.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.3 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.9 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 178.3 178.7
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 57.5 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 14.7 16.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 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 )
NA NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 13.7 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.89 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 - TBD - 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.9 33.8 35.6
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P195/65R15 -
Spare Tire Size
T125/80D15 - TBD - Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2895 2740 2745
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.0 - TBD - 5.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI - TBD - EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4600 144 @ 4300 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 156 @ 6200 132 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 25 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 34 35
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.48 2.48 2.34
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.55 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.85 3.68 4.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.71 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 2.92 2.85
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte Toyota Corolla
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link NA Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 - TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 - TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 6.7 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 - TBD - 8

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