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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Trim

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 Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $14,918 $15,345
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $17,010 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV Limited PZEV 28 38 $19,727 $20,595
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,771
$14,918
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,200
$15,345
Monthly Payment Estimate
$253 / month
$256 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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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 Hyundai Elantra has officially left the Civic and Corolla in the dust, thanks to a 38-mpg gas mileage rating, a sleek look, and tremendous value for the money.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 28 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Midsize cars
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 53.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.1 95.6
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 33.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 52.2 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 55.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.8
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 43.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.8 62.0
Wheelbase (in) 103.9 106.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.1 69.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.7 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 180.9 178.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 56.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 11.8 14.8
Brakes
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 - 11.0 x - TBD -
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 - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 12.8
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.94 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 35.8 NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.2 34.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/55HR16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/55HR16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size T115/70D15 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2866 2661
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.9 2.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 90
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 135 @ 4500 131 @ 4700
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 6500 148 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 28
Transmission
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.10 4.33
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.63
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.30 3.30
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.25
Trans Type 5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.75 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.16 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 3.84 1.96
Summary
Vehicle Name Mazda Mazda3 Hyundai Elantra
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Torsion Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.2 - TBD -
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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