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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan DX Automatic
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual DX 25 31 $12,702 $13,580
4-Door Sedan Automatic DX 25 30 $12,702 $13,580
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 31 $14,319 $15,315
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 30 $14,319 $15,315
4-Door Sedan Manual ES 25 31 $14,995 $16,040
4-Door Sedan Automatic ES 25 30 $14,995 $16,040
4-Door Sedan Manual MAZDASPEED 24 30 $18,466 $19,980
2003.5 4-Door Sedan Manual MAZDASPEED 24 30 $18,927 $20,480
ION 1 4-Door Sedan Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual ION 1 26 33 $10,673 $11,430
4-Door Sedan Automatic ION 1 24 32 $11,510 $12,330
4-Door Sedan Manual ION 2 26 33 $12,608 $13,510
4-Door Sedan Automatic ION 2 24 32 $13,445 $14,410
4-Door Sedan Manual ION 3 26 33 $14,003 $15,010
4-Door Sedan Automatic ION 3 24 32 $14,840 $15,910
2-Door Coupe Manual ION 2 26 33 $13,091 $14,030
2-Door Coupe Automatic ION 2 24 32 $13,928 $14,930
2-Door Coupe Manual ION 3 26 33 $14,486 $15,530
2-Door Coupe Automatic ION 3 24 32 $15,323 $16,430
Pricing
Invoice Price
$12,702
$10,673
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,580
$11,430
Monthly Payment Estimate
$226 / month
$191 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 26 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.4 37.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.4 52.8
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 42.2
Front Hip Room (in) 51.7 49.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 33.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 92.6 93.0
Second Hip Room (in) 49.1 49.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 53.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.5 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 175.3 184.5
Height, Overall (in) 55.5 57.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 57.9 58.4
Wheelbase (in) 102.8 103.2
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.1 67.2
Track Width, Front (in) 57.9 58.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.9 14.7
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 7.9 x 1.4 9.1 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2 x 0.9 10.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.0 16.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1 35.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 3.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P195/55VR15 P185/70R14
Spare Tire Size T115/70D15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/55VR15 P185/70R14
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A 120
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2687 2653
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 4 Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6 14 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6 14 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.9 6.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 80 105
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 600
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MPFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 135 @ 4000 145 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA L61
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.2L/134
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 130 @ 6000 140 @ 5800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 26
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.50 2.02
Trans Order Code NA M86
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90 3.84
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.98
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual Trans
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.82 3.58
Clutch Size (in) N/A - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.35
Trans Type 4 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.69
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.65 3.31
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Mazda Protege Saturn Ion
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Strut Semi-indep. Torsion
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
 
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