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Selected Style 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
4-Door HB SE FWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB FWD SE 24 29 $14,078 $14,965
4-Door HB FWD SXT 24 29 $16,371 $17,485
4-Door HB FWD R/T 23 29 $18,032 $19,310
4-Door HB AWD R/T 21 24 $19,943 $21,410
4-Door HB FWD SRT4 19 27 $21,709 $23,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,022
$14,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,895
$14,965
Monthly Payment Estimate
$232 / month
$249 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States. The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.4 38.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 53.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.1 41.8
Front Hip Room (in) 53.8 52.2
Second Leg Room (in) 36.3 35.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 39.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.3 95.2
Second Hip Room (in) 52.5 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 54.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.8 7.7
Length, Overall (in) 177.4 173.8
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 60.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 103.9 103.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.1 68.8
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 59.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 11.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 48.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 18.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.4 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 9.0 x 1.38
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 10.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.6
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.6 16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1 35.5
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 2.88
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P195/65HR15 P205/70R15
Spare Tire Size T115/70D15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA TPB
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBC
Rear Tire Size P195/65HR15 P205/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA TPB
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2780 2879
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.9 7.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 525
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 135 @ 4500 125 @ 5200
Engine Order Code NA EBA
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 6500 148 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 24
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 2.16
Trans Order Code NA DD7
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11 4.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.77
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.41
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.76 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.17 3.42
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name Mazda Mazda3 Dodge Caliber
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear E-type Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
 
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