Compare Chevrolet Cobalt vs. Kia Forte vs. Ford Focus

Compare the Chevrolet Cobalt against the Kia Forte and Ford Focus. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Cobalt, Forte and Focus 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, Forte and Focus. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 2010 Kia Forte 2010 Ford Focus
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 2010 Kia Forte 2010 Ford Focus
Coupe Base
  • Coupe Base
  • Sedan Base
  • Coupe LS
  • Sedan LS
  • Coupe LT 1LT
  • Coupe LT 2LT
  • Sedan LT 1LT
  • Sedan LT 2LT
  • Coupe SS Turbocharged
4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man EX
  • 2dr Cpe Man EX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto EX
  • 4dr Sdn Man SX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto EX
  • 2dr Cpe Man SX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto SX
2dr Cpe SE
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 2dr Cpe SE
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 2dr Cpe SES
  • 4dr Sdn SES
  • 4dr Sdn SEL


MSRP $14,990 $14,695 $17,170
Invoice $14,390 $14,410 $16,025
Avg. Paid $7,962 $8,782 $9,816

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.7 8.8 7.9
Critics' Rating 7.4 9.1 7.8
Performance 7.7 8.0 7.6
Interior 6.9 8.7 7.7
Cost to Own 9.5 9.6 9.5
Safety 8.6 9.2 8.6
Reliability 3.0 4.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy ratings
  • Competitive trunk space
  • Nimble handling
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Good rear-seat comfort and cargo space
  • Numerous standard features
  • Good fuel economy
  • Unique standard safety features
  • Impressive handling dynamics
  • Tight rear seats
  • Few standard features
  • Underpowered engines
  • Engine may not be powerful enough for some
  • Confusing Sync infotainment system
  • Uncomfortable back seat

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas 4-Cyl 2.2L/134.3 Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG 25 City / 37 Hwy 25 City / 34 Hwy 24 City / 35 Hwy



Body Style 2 Door Coupe 4dr Sdn 2 Door Coupe


Wheelbase(in) 103.3 104.3 102.9
Length, Overall (in) 180.5 178.3 175.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.9 69.9 67.9
Height, Overall (in) 55.5 57.5 58.6

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard

Exterior Features

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


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2721 2740 2638

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 83 96.8 93.3
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 40.0 39.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 43.3 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.0 55.7 53.5
Front Hip Room (in) 49.5 53.0 50.4
Second Head Room (in) 35.7 37.8 38.3
Second Leg Room (in) 32.2 35.0 36.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.0 54.7 53.7
Second Hip Room (in) 46.1 53.3 48.3
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.9 14.7 13.8


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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Optional Standard

Navigation & Communication

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


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



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


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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard 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 I4
Displacement 2.2L/134.3 2.0L/122 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 155 @ 6100 156 @ 6200 140 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 150 @ 4900 144 @ 4300 136 @ 4250
Transmission Manual Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 37.4 33.8 34.2


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 34 35
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13 13.7 13.5


Suspension Type - Front Premium Ride Independent Independent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Premium Ride Torsion Beam Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilizer bar


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