Compare 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2008 Hyundai Elantra

2008 Mazda MAZDA3
2008 Hyundai Elantra
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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
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4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,022
$13,592
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,895
$13,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$232 / month
$233 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States. The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.3 97.9
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 55.6
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 37.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 43.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 54.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.8 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 69.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.5 14.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 33.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65TR15
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65TR15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2780 2751
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 75
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 136 @ 4600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 33
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 4.19
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.98
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.26
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Hyundai Elantra
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
E-type Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent

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