Compare 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2010 Nissan Sentra

2010 Mazda MAZDA3
2010 Nissan Sentra
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4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,387 $15,345
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,236 $16,255
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,028 $17,105
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,793 $17,925
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,586 $18,775
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 21 29 $17,975 $19,185
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 21 29 $18,441 $19,685
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $18,721 $19,985
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,187 $20,485
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 21 29 $20,268 $21,645
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 21 29 $20,734 $22,145
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,014 $22,445
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,480 $22,945
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $14,794 $15,420
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 26 34 $15,923 $16,600
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 26 34 $16,009 $17,160
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR 26 34 $16,009 $17,160
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 26 34 $17,312 $18,560
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,260 $19,580
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 28 $18,725 $20,080
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,387
$14,794
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,345
$15,420
Monthly Payment Estimate
$256 / month
$257 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Mazda3 engages drivers like few other compact cars, though a little more room and less noise couldn't hurt. The 2010 Nissan Sentra looks plain on the outside and is only offered in one body style, but there's a lot to love for shoppers who value a comfortable, well-appointed interior.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.1 97.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 54.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
180.7 179.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 105.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.8 13.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
35.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
17.1 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P205/60HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P205/60HR15
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2868 2862
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 2.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 100
Engine
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 27
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.17
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.73
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.45
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.69
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 2.11
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 3.93
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Nissan Sentra
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 6.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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