Compare 2009 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2008 Hyundai Elantra

2009 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 $13,777 $14,690
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 30 $14,616 $15,590
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $16,020 $17,095
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 22 30 $16,859 $17,995
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,989 $18,135
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $17,446 $18,625
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 28 $17,875 $19,085
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 28 $18,332 $19,575
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 28 $20,449 $21,845
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 28 $20,449 $21,845
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $21,286 $22,740
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 25 $22,885 $24,455
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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
$13,777
$13,592
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,690
$13,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$245 / month
$233 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Mazda 3 is practical, affordable, and well built, with a sporty, fun-to-drive character. 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 Head Room (in)
37.4 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 43.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.3 97.9
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 55.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.8 5.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.5 14.2
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6 15.4
Tires
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2780 2751
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 75
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
306 - TBD -
Engine
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 138 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
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
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Hyundai Elantra
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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