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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,071 $23,570
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
4-Door Manual DX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual DX 28 36 $14,846 $15,955
4-Door Automatic DX 28 39 $15,586 $16,755
4-Door Automatic PZEV DX 28 39 $15,586 $16,755
4-Door Manual LX 28 36 $16,744 $18,005
4-Door Automatic LX 28 39 $17,484 $18,805
4-Door Automatic PZEV LX 28 39 $17,484 $18,805
4-Door Automatic PZEV EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
4-Door Automatic EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
4-Door Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
4-Door Automatic PZEV EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
4-Door Automatic EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
4-Door Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
4-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
4-Door Manual Si 22 31 $20,956 $22,555
4-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 22 31 $21,141 $22,755
4-Door Manual w/Navi Si 22 31 $22,345 $24,055
4-Door Automatic HF 29 41 $18,225 $19,605
4-Door Automatic PZEV HF 29 41 $18,225 $19,605
4-Door Automatic CNG 27 38 $24,943 $26,305
4-Door Automatic w/Navi CNG 27 38 $26,364 $27,805
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX-L 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi EX 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Coupe 2-Door Manual EX 28 36 $18,456 $19,855
Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX 28 39 $17,299 $18,605
Coupe 2-Door Manual LX 28 36 $16,558 $17,805
Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX 28 39 $15,401 $16,555
Coupe 2-Door Manual DX 28 36 $14,660 $15,755
Coupe 2-Door Automatic PZEV DX 28 39 $15,401 $16,555
Coupe 2-Door Automatic PZEV LX 28 39 $17,299 $18,605
Coupe 2-Door Automatic PZEV EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Coupe 2-Door Automatic PZEV EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Coupe 2-Door Manual Si 22 31 $20,771 $22,355
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Summer Tires Si 22 31 $20,956 $22,555
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Navi Si 22 31 $22,159 $23,855
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Summer Tires & Navi Si 22 31 $22,345 $24,055
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT 44 44 $22,479 $24,200
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi 44 44 $23,868 $25,700
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather 44 44 $23,590 $25,400
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather 44 44 $24,979 $26,900
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT PZEV 44 44 $22,479 $24,200
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather PZEV 44 44 $23,590 $25,400
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi PZEV 44 44 $23,868 $25,700
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather PZEV 44 44 $24,979 $26,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,771
$14,846
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,200
$15,955
Monthly Payment Estimate
$253 / month
$266 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one. The 2012 Honda Civic is a little more spacious, comfortable, and economical, but it's now one of the blandest of the bunch.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 28 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 53.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 42.0
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 50.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.1 94.6
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.0
Second Hip Room (in) 52.2 51.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 56.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in) 180.9 177.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.8 59.9
Wheelbase (in) 103.9 105.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.1 69.0
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 59.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.7 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 11.8 12.5
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 7.9 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.2 34.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.94 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 35.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 16.1
Tires
Front Tire Size P205/55HR16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size T115/70D15 T135/80R16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/55HR16 P195/65HR15
Rear 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) 2866 2608
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.9 6.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 6500 140 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electonic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 135 @ 4500 128 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 36
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.75 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.16 3.31
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 3.84 1.87
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.10 4.29
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.95
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.30 3.14
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.24
Trans Type 5 5
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Mazda Mazda3 Honda Civic Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.43
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.2 6.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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