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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,735 $14,120
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,690 $15,120
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 25 33 $14,690 $15,120
4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,334 $17,020
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $17,090 $17,820
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE PZEV 25 33 $17,090 $17,820
4-Door Wagon Manual Touring 23 31 $17,071 $17,800
4-Door Wagon Automatic Touring 23 30 $17,827 $18,600
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 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 s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,735
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,120
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$235 / month
$232 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Hyundai Elantra is one of the most practical—albeit bland—small-sedan choices, while the new Elantra Touring hatchback adds a little more spice. 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 24 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 54.2 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.9 94.3
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 36.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.1
Second Hip Room (in) 54.0 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 54.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 43.5 41.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.7 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 104.3 103.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.9 4.8
Length, Overall (in) 177.4 177.4
Height, Overall (in) 58.3 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.2 11.5
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x - TBD - 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.1 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.4 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.9 34.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65TR15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P195/65TR15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size T125/80D15 T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2723 2780
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.0 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 136 @ 4600 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MPI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.26 1.31
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.96 1.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.19 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.31
Summary
Vehicle Name Hyundai Elantra Mazda Mazda3
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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