Compare 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2014 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Chevrolet Cruze
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2014 Mazda MAZDA3
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2014 Toyota Corolla
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4-Door Sedan LS
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
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4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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
5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $18,131 $18,945
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,657 $19,495
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $18,753 $19,595
5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $19,136 $19,995
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,231 $20,095
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $19,756 $20,645
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,234 $21,145
4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,761 $22,745
5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 30 41 $22,766 $23,795
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,530 $24,595
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,008 $25,095
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,869 $25,995
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,345 $26,495
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4-Door Sedan Manual L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual L 28 37 $15,876 $16,800
4-Door Sedan Automatic L 27 36 $16,443 $17,400
4-Door Sedan CVT LE 29 38 $16,944 $18,300
4-Door Sedan CVT LE ECO 30 42 $17,314 $18,700
4-Door Sedan CVT LE Plus 29 38 $17,314 $18,700
4-Door Sedan CVT S 29 37 $17,592 $19,000
4-Door Sedan CVT LE ECO Plus 30 40 $17,962 $19,400
4-Door Sedan CVT LE Premium 29 38 $17,963 $19,400
4-Door Sedan CVT S Plus 29 37 $18,240 $19,700
4-Door Sedan CVT LE ECO Premium 30 40 $18,611 $20,100
4-Door Sedan CVT S Premium 29 37 $18,889 $20,400
4-Door Sedan Manual S Plus 28 37 $19,722 $21,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,906
$16,474
$15,876
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,520
$16,945
$16,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$292 / month
$282 / month
$280 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
7.6
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. The 2014 Toyota Corolla keeps its frugal, responsible core but adds a lot more verve.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 29 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 41 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.00 55.5 53
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 35.8 41.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.6 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
52.40 53.5 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.76 57.2 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.6 96.3 97.5
Second Head Room (in)
37.90 37.6 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.90 54.4 54.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 42.2 42.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 61.4 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 106.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.70 70.7 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.2 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.1 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
181.00 180.3 182.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.10 57.3 57.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 12.4 13
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.4 9
Brake Type
Pwr - -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.5 x 0.5 NA 9
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11 10.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.6 13.2 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.5 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 34.8 35.6
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/60HR16 P195/65SR15
Rear Tire Order Code
QYW NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/60HR16 P195/65SR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QYW NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3084 2781 2800
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 X 6.5 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 X 6.5 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
4.75 - -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 100 80
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 - 390
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 3800 150 @ 4000 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LUW NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0 L/122 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 155 @ 6000 132 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 33 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 41 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 29 28
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.38 3.33
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 1.95 1.91
Trans Order Code
MZ0 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.85 4.21
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.68 0.62
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.82 3.36 3.54
Clutch Size (in)
N/A - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.30 1.31
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.84 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cruze Mazda Mazda3 Toyota Corolla
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Compound Crank Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 5.5 5.9 (Est)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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