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2012 Mazda MAZDA3
2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
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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 $14,801 $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
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
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
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4-Door Sedan Manual FWD DE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD DE 25 34 $15,032 $15,695
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD ES 25 34 $16,277 $16,995
4-Door Sedan CVT FWD ES 26 34 $17,139 $17,895
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD GT 22 31 $19,007 $19,845
4-Door Sedan CVT AWD SE 22 29 $19,342 $20,195
4-Door Sedan CVT FWD GT 23 30 $19,965 $20,845
4-Door Sedan TC-SST AWD Ralliart 18 25 $26,813 $27,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,771
$15,032
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,200
$15,695
Monthly Payment Estimate
$253 / month
$262 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
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 Mitsubishi Lancer family has a little more panache than most compacts, but it's missing some of the finer details.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 42.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.1 93.0
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 54.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 54.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 36.9
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 58.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 103.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 69.4
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
180.9 180.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.8 12.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - 8.0 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 - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 15.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 32.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 3.09
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
35.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 14.9
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P205/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2866 2866
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 130
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 152 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 146 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA 4B11
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.84 1.91
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.94
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 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.83
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.33
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Mitsubishi Lancer
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.79
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.2 6.7
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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