Compare 2008 Nissan Sentra vs 2008 Mazda MAZDA3

2008 Nissan Sentra
2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 25 33 $15,483 $16,140
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,275 $16,370
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 25 33 $16,018 $17,170
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 25 33 $17,786 $19,070
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,716 $20,070
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 33 $19,181 $20,570
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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 Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
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 i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,483
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,140
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$269 / month
$232 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers. The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.5 36.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.4 94.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 53.8
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
28.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
179.8 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
59.5 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 103.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 11.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.02 x 0.94 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/60HR15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60HR15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D16 T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2925 2780
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 5100 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
147 @ 4800 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 32
Transmission
Trans Type
1 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.41 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.31
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Sentra Mazda Mazda3
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut MacPherson Strut

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