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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon 21 26 $15,033 $15,970
2-Door Convertible 21 26 $17,346 $18,430
4-Door Wagon Touring 19 24 $18,504 $19,785
4-Door Wagon Limited 18 24 $21,899 $23,515
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,022 $13,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 23 31 $13,861 $14,795
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring *Ltd Avail 24 32 $15,222 $16,255
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic * i Touring *Ltd Avail 23 31 $16,061 $17,155
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,322 $17,435
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,033
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,970
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$266 / month
$232 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair. The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 40.6 41.1
Front Hip Room (in) 49.6 53.8
Second Leg Room (in) 40.9 36.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.2 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 98.8 94.3
Second Hip Room (in) 41.1 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.8 54.9
Second Head Room (in) 39.5 37.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 54.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.2 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 103.0 103.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.1 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 58.3 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.5 4.8
Length, Overall (in) 168.9 177.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - -
Height, Overall (in) 63.0 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - TBD - -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 11.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.97 x 1.57 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11 x 0.9 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.0 14.5
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.1 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.7 34.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code TNC NA
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code TNC NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3070 2780
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 510 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 165 @ 4000 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code EDZ NA
Displacement 2.4L/148 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 150 @ 5200 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.55 3.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.36 1.31
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.96 1.84
Trans Order Code DD5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Body Style Small Station Wagon 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Chrysler PT Cruiser Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Macpherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Twist beam E-type Multi-link
 
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