Compare 2008 Kia Spectra vs 2009 Toyota Corolla

2008 Kia Spectra
2009 Toyota Corolla
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 32 $14,860 $15,895
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 24 32 $13,300 $13,895
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Manual EX 23 30 $13,925 $14,895
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $12,345 $12,895
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Manual SX 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
Spectra 5-Door HB Automatic Spectra5 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
Spectra 5-Door HB Manual Spectra5 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
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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
$14,860
$15,100
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,895
$16,150
Monthly Payment Estimate
$265 / month
$269 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Kia Spectra is still a lot of car for the money, but with it’s a bit outclassed by a host of more refined and updated small-car models. 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 27 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.0 92.0
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
177.2 178.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.5 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
102.8 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.3 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
58.9 60.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.2 16.6
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x - TBD -
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 )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.0 13.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.3 35.6
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 -
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2767 2745
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.3 5.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4500 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 132 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 30
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.85 4.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 2.85
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.48 2.34
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Spectra Toyota Corolla
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Dual-Link Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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