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Selected Style 4-Door Manual DX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Coupe 2-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,112 $15,305
Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $14,846 $16,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual LX 26 34 $15,901 $17,255
Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,635 $18,055
Coupe 2-Door Manual EX 26 34 $17,781 $19,305
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,515 $20,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual EX-L 26 34 $19,203 $20,855
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi EX 26 34 $19,615 $21,305
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $19,936 $21,655
Coupe 2-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,166 $21,905
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 25 36 $20,349 $22,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 21 29 $20,349 $22,105
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi EX-L 26 34 $21,037 $22,855
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 25 36 $21,771 $23,655
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi Si 21 29 $22,000 $23,905
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi & Summer Tires Si 21 29 $22,184 $24,105
4-Door Manual DX 26 34 $14,296 $15,505
4-Door Manual DX-VP 26 34 $14,984 $16,255
4-Door Automatic DX 25 36 $15,029 $16,305
4-Door Automatic DX-VP 25 36 $15,717 $17,055
4-Door Manual LX 26 34 $16,084 $17,455
4-Door Manual LX-S 26 34 $16,635 $18,055
4-Door Automatic LX 25 36 $16,818 $18,255
4-Door Automatic LX-S 25 36 $17,368 $18,855
4-Door Manual EX 26 34 $17,781 $19,305
4-Door Automatic EX 25 36 $18,515 $20,105
4-Door Manual EX-L 26 34 $19,203 $20,855
4-Door Manual w/Navi EX 26 34 $19,615 $21,305
4-Door Automatic EX-L 25 36 $19,936 $21,655
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 25 36 $20,349 $22,105
4-Door Manual Si 21 29 $20,349 $22,105
4-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 21 29 $20,533 $22,305
4-Door Manual w/Navi EX-L 26 34 $21,037 $22,855
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 25 36 $21,771 $23,655
4-Door Manual w/Navi Si 21 29 $22,184 $24,105
4-Door Manual w/Navi & Summer Tires Si 21 29 $22,367 $24,305
4-Door Automatic GX 24 36 $23,746 $25,190
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 40 45 $21,766 $23,650
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Leather 40 45 $22,867 $24,850
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Navi 40 45 $23,601 $25,650
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan w/Navi & Leather 40 45 $24,701 $26,850
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
$14,296
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,505
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$258 / month
$232 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Honda Civic lineup rates well for safety, handling, and overall frugality, though those who plan to carry cargo or frequent backseat passengers should look elsewhere. 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 26 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 51.0 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.7 54.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.4 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.4 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 41.1
Front Hip Room (in) 51.9 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 90.9 94.3
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 36.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.0 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.8
Length, Overall (in) 176.7 177.4
Height, Overall (in) 56.5 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 103.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.0 69.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.0 11.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 7.9 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 13.7 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.8 34.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2630 2780
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.8 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 140 @ 6300 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MPFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 128 @ 4300 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 32
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.87 1.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.29 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.95 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.14 3.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.24 1.31
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.76
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Honda Civic Sdn Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.95 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.39 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
 
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