Compare Kia Spectra vs. Ford Focus vs. Toyota Yaris

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2009 Kia Spectra 2009 Ford Focus 2009 Toyota Yaris
2009 Kia Spectra 2009 Ford Focus 2009 Toyota Yaris
4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man EX
  • 4dr Sdn Man EX
  • 4dr Sdn Man SX
  • 4dr Sdn Man SX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto EX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto EX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SX
4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 2dr Cpe SE
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 2dr Cpe SES
  • 4dr Sdn SES
  • 4dr Sdn SEL
3dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 3dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 3dr HB Man (GS)
  • 3dr HB Man (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Man (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Man (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Man (SE)
  • 3dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 3dr HB Auto (GS)
  • 3dr HB Auto (SE)
  • 5dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Auto (GS)
  • 5dr HB Auto (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto (SE)
  • 3dr HB Man S (Natl)
  • 3dr HB Man S (GS)
  • 3dr HB Man S (SE)
  • 3dr HB Auto S (Natl)
  • 3dr HB Auto S (GS)
  • 3dr HB Auto S (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Man S (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Man S (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Man S (SE)
  • 5dr HB Auto S (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Auto S (GS)
  • 5dr HB Auto S (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto S (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto S (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto S (SE)


MSRP $13,550 $15,520 $12,205
Invoice $12,965 $14,574 $11,595
Avg. Paid $5,826 $8,286 $7,153

U.S. News Scores

Overall 6.7 7.9 8.4
Critics' Rating 7.6 7.7 7.1
Performance 7.3 7.6 7.0
Interior 7.8 7.7 6.8
Cost to Own N/A 9.6 9.7
Safety 7.8 8.6 8.5
Reliability 2.0 3.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of cargo space in hatchback and sedan
  • Well-made interior
  • Good fuel economy
  • High-tech available infotainment system
  • Plenty of trunk space
  • Above-average safety score
  • Good gas mileage
  • Navigates cities easily
  • Poor safety scores
  • Lackadaisical performance
  • Cramped second-row seats
  • Front seats need more cushioning
  • Engine may not be powerful enough for some shoppers
  • Uncomfortable back seat
  • Base model lacks interior features
  • Passenger seats are cramped
  • Below-average safety score

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front wheel drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas I4 1.5L/91
MPG 23 City / 30 Hwy 24 City / 35 Hwy 29 City / 36 Hwy



Body Style 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan 3 Door Hatchback


Wheelbase(in) 102.8 102.9 96.9
Length, Overall (in) 177.2 175.0 150.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.3 67.8 66.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 58.7 60.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Optional
Power Windows Optional

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2701-2826 2623 2295

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Optional
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Optional
Power Door Locks Optional
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Optional
Power Passenger Mirror Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 97.0 93.4 84.1
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.2 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.8 41.7 40.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 53.4 51.4
Front Hip Room (in) 52.4 50.4 50.0
Second Head Room (in) 38.2 38.3 37.9
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 36.1 33.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 53.6 50.4
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 50.9 46.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 25.7
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.2 13.8


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Optional
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Optional
MP3 Player Standard Optional
Satellite Radio Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Optional Standard Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Optional
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Optional Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Electronic Stability Control Optional
Daytime Running Lights Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Traction Control Optional
Emergency Trunk Release Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/121 1.5L/91
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 138 @ 6000 140 @ 6000 106 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 136 @ 4500 136 @ 4250 103 @ 4200
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 33.3 34.2 30.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 24 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 35 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.0 13.0 11.1


Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent SLA Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Stabilizer bars w/stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Dual-Link


Automatic Optional
4-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.