Compare 2008 Kia Spectra vs 2008 Mazda MAZDA3

2008 Kia Spectra
2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $12,345 $12,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 24 32 $13,300 $13,895
4-Door Sedan Manual EX 23 30 $13,925 $14,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 32 $14,860 $15,895
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
5-Door HB Manual Spectra5 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
5-Door HB Automatic Spectra5 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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
$12,345
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$12,895
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$215 / month
$232 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Kia Spectra is still a lot of car for the money, but with it’s a bit outclassed by a host of more refined and updated small-car models. The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 53.8
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.0 94.3
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 37.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.5 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
102.8 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.3 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
58.9 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
177.2 177.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.2 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)
10.1 x - TBD - 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 )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.0 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.3 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2701 2780
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.3 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
- TBD - MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4500 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 24
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 1.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.84 4.11
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Spectra Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Dual-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent E-type Multi-link

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