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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 26 34 $25,695 $28,550
2-Door Coupe 28 37 $16,695 $18,550
2-Door Coupe S 26 34 $19,755 $21,950
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,022 $13,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 23 31 $13,861 $14,795
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring *Ltd Avail 24 32 $15,222 $16,255
4-Door Sedan Automatic * i Touring *Ltd Avail 23 31 $16,061 $17,155
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,322 $17,435
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,695
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,550
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$309 / month
$232 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 MINI Cooper is a practical, fuel-efficient small vehicle with the soul of a sports car and a look like no other. The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 28 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 37 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Minicompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 44.7 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 41.1
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 94.3
Second Leg Room (in) 29.9 36.3
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 39.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 50.3 54.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.8
Length, Overall (in) 145.6 177.4
Height, Overall (in) 55.4 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 57.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 97.1 103.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.3 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 57.4 60.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 5.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 24.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 11.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2 x 0.39 10.4 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) 11.0 x 0.87 10.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 10.6 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.1 34.1
Steering Type Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P175/65R15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P175/65R15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2546 2780
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 4.4 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System EFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 114 @ 4250 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.6L/97.5 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 118 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 32 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 24
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.14 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.79 1.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.35 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.21 3.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.19 1.31
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name MINI Cooper Hardtop Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
 
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