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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual LS
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Engine

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 25 36 $16,906 $17,520
4-Door Sedan 1LT 26 38 $18,062 $18,815
4-Door Sedan ECO 28 42 $19,137 $19,935
4-Door Sedan 2LT 26 38 $20,443 $21,295
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 38 $22,733 $23,805
4-Door Sedan Diesel 27 46 $23,985 $24,985
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Transmission

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 29 41 $16,474 $16,945
4-Door Sedan Automatic i SV 30 41 $17,495 $17,995
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 29 41 $17,655 $18,445
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,657 $19,495
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $18,753 $19,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $19,756 $20,645
4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,761 $22,745
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 30 41 $22,766 $23,795
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,869 $25,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,530 $24,595
5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $18,131 $18,945
5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $19,136 $19,995
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,231 $20,095
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,234 $21,145
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,008 $25,095
5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,345 $26,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,906
$16,474
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,520
$16,945
Monthly Payment Estimate
$292 / month
$282 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2014 Chevy Cruze is comfortable and practical--and now it offers a diesel engine that can return 40 mpg in real-world use. The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience; but its tight, noisy cabin means that it’s not at all the best pick for pragmatists.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 29 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 36 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.90 54.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 42.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.00 55.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 35.8
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.6
Second Hip Room (in) 52.40 53.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.76 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.6 96.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.90 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 58.10 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.3 61.4
Wheelbase (in) 105.7 106.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.70 70.7
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 6.1
Length, Overall (in) 181.00 180.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.0 12.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.4
Brake Type Pwr -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 10.5 x 0.5 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 11
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.6 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.7 34.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.5 -
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code QYW NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code QYW NA
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/60HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3084 2781
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 4.75 -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 438 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 100
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 6300 155 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Gasoline Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 125 @ 3800 150 @ 4000
Engine Order Code LUW NA
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0 L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 41
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.87 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.54 3.38
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.16 1.95
Trans Order Code MZ0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94 3.85
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.74 0.68
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.82 3.36
Clutch Size (in) N/A -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47 1.30
Trans Type 6 6
Summary
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Cruze Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear Compound Crank Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.3 5.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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