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Compare 2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 vs 2009 Volkswagen GTI

2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Change
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Selected Style 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $21,851 $23,340
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
$21,851
$21,656
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,340
$23,230
Monthly Payment Estimate
$389 / month
$387 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Overall the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 delivers pulse-quickening thrills for the back roads—or weekend track forays—all on a tight budget, without sacrificing too much practicality for everyday commuting. 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 18 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 52.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 54.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.0 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.6 94.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 41.2
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 35.3
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.7 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 177.6 165.8
Height, Overall (in) 57.5 58.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 59.7
Wheelbase (in) 103.9 101.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 69.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 17.0 15.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 42.8 - TBD -
Brakes
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) 11.0 x - TBD - 11.26 x 0.47
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) 12.6 x - TBD - 12.28 x 0.98
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 18.0 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 3.01
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/40R18 225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size T125/70D17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/40R18 225/45HR17
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) 3245 3100
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 17 x 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.9 8.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 120
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 280 @ 3000 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.3L/138 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 263 @ 5500 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Turbocharged I4
Fuel System DISI FSI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.47
Trans Type 6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.95 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.46 1.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.91 2.09
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.19/3.53 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.10
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.79 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.21 3.36
Summary
Vehicle Name Mazda Mazda3 Volkswagen GTI
Body Style 5 Door Wagon 2 Door HB
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - TBD - -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7
 
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