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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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Trim

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
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 28 $17,875 $19,085
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
4-Door Sedan 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 Manual s Sport 22 29 $17,446 $18,625
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 28 $18,332 $19,575
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
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
2-Door HB Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $21,656 $23,230
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $21,656 $23,230
2-Door HB DSG 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
2-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $22,755 $24,330
4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $22,211 $23,830
4-Door HB DSG 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
4-Door HB DSG PZEV 22 29 $23,310 $24,930
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,777
$21,656
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,690
$23,230
Monthly Payment Estimate
$245 / month
$387 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Mazda 3 is practical, affordable, and well built, with a sporty, fun-to-drive character. The 2009 Volkswagen GTI is the most conservative-looking of sporty hatches—and a bit pricey for a dressed-up Rabbit—but it redeems itself with the driving experience.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 36.3 35.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 39.3
Second Hip Room (in) 52.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 54.7
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.4 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.1 41.2
Front Hip Room (in) 53.8 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.3 94.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.1 69.3
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.8 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 177.4 165.8
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 58.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 59.7
Wheelbase (in) 103.9 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 11.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 15.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 12.28 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.4 x - TBD - 11.26 x 0.47
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 3.01
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.6 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P195/65HR15 225/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P195/65HR15 225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size T115/70D15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2780 3100
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 17 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.9 8.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 306 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90 120
Engine
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Turbocharged I4
Fuel System MPFI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 135 @ 4500 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 31
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.47
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.76 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.17 1.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 2.09
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.11 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 1.10
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.36
Summary
Vehicle Name Mazda Mazda3 Volkswagen GTI
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 2 Door HB
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear E-type Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs 4-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7
 
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