Compare Chevrolet Cobalt vs. Hyundai Elantra vs. Pontiac Vibe

Compare the Chevrolet Cobalt against the Hyundai Elantra and Pontiac Vibe. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Cobalt, Elantra and Vibe stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Cobalt, Elantra and Vibe. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 Hyundai Elantra 2009 Pontiac Vibe
2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 2009 Hyundai Elantra 2009 Pontiac Vibe
Coupe LS
  • Coupe LS
  • Sedan LS
  • Coupe LT 1LT
  • Coupe LT 2LT
  • Sedan LT 1LT
  • Sedan LT 2LT
  • Coupe SS Turbocharged
  • Sedan SS Turbocharged
4dr Sdn Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn Man SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SE PZEV
Vibe GT
  • Vibe 1.8L
  • Vibe 2.4L
  • Vibe AWD
  • Vibe GT


MSRP $15,660 $14,120 $20,875
Invoice $14,955 $13,735 $19,936
Avg. Paid $7,848 $7,814 $10,611

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.8 8.6 8.3
Critics' Rating 7.5 9.0 8.0
Performance 7.7 7.5 7.1
Interior 6.9 8.2 7.6
Cost to Own N/A 9.7 N/A
Safety 8.6 8.4 9.2
Reliability 4.0 4.0 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy ratings
  • Plenty of trunk space in sedan and coupe
  • Pleasant to drive
  • Comfortable, spacious seats
  • High reliability score
  • Good gas mileage
  • Excellent reliability score
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Roomy rear seats
  • Above-average safety score
  • Tight rear seats
  • Low reliability rating
  • Below-average safety ratings
  • Few standard interior features
  • Uninspiring performance

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas 4-Cyl 2.2L/134.3 Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas L4 2.4L/144
MPG 25 City / 37 Hwy 24 City / 33 Hwy 21 City / 28 Hwy



Body Style 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Compact Car


Wheelbase(in) 103.3 104.3 102.4
Length, Overall (in) 180.5 177.4 172.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.9 69.9 69.5
Height, Overall (in) 55.5 58.3 61.4

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2721 2723 3075

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Optional Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Optional Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 83 97.9 91.4
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 40.0 40.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 43.5 41.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.0 55.6 53.3
Front Hip Room (in) 49.5 54.2 52.3
Second Head Room (in) 35.7 37.6 39.4
Second Leg Room (in) 32.2 35.0 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.0 55.1 52.6
Second Hip Room (in) 46.1 54.0 43.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 49.4
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.9 14.2


AM/FM Stereo Standard Optional Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Optional
CD Player Standard Optional Standard
Equalizer Standard
MP3 Player Standard Optional Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Optional Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
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 Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


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

Safety Features

Electronic Stability Control Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Traction Control Optional Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas L4
Displacement 2.2L/134.3 2.0L/121 2.4L/144
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 155 @ 6100 138 @ 6000 158 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 150 @ 4900 136 @ 4600 162 @ 4000
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 37.4 33.9 36.9


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 24 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 33 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13 14 13


Suspension Type - Front Premium Ride Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Premium Ride Independent Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link


Automatic Optional Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
4-Speed Automatic Optional
5-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.