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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant)
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $14,918 $15,345
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV Limited PZEV 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,071 $23,570
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,918
$14,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,345
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$256 / month
$253 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has officially left the Civic and Corolla in the dust, thanks to a 38-mpg gas mileage rating, a sleek look, and tremendous value for the money. With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 28 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 38 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize cars Compact
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 43.6 42.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.5 53.7
Second Leg Room (in) 33.1 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) 52.7 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 95.6 94.1
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 56.5 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.0 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 103.9
Liftover Height (in) NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.5 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.5 4.7
Length, Overall (in) 178.3 180.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.8 11.8
Brakes
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.8 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.8 34.2
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA 35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.2 16.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size NA T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
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) 2661 2866
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 2.2 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90 100
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 6500 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 131 @ 4700 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 32 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 33
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.96 3.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.33 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.63 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.30 3.30
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.25 1.31
Trans Type 6 5
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Hyundai Elantra Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - 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) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Axle Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - TBD - 5.2
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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