Compare 1999 Pontiac Firebird vs 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle

1999 Pontiac Firebird
1999 Volkswagen New Beetle
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2-Door Coupe Firebird
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Firebird 19 30 $16,698 $18,250
2-Door Coupe Formula 18 24 $21,301 $23,280
2-Door Convertible Firebird 19 30 $22,756 $24,870
2-Door Coupe Trans Am 18 24 $24,146 $26,390
2-Door Convertible Trans Am 18 24 $27,870 $30,460
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2-Door Coupe GL Manual (CA/NE)
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Automatic GL 22 28 $14,990 $15,900
2-Door Coupe Manual GL 24 31 $14,990 $15,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic GLS 22 28 $15,535 $16,850
2-Door Coupe Manual GLS 24 31 $15,535 $16,850
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GLS 34 45 $16,494 $17,900
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $16,494 $17,900
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLS 22 27 $17,499 $19,000
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLS 25 31 $17,499 $19,000
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLX 22 27 $19,234 $20,900
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLX 25 31 $19,234 $20,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,698
$14,990
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,250
$15,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$304 / month
$265 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
28.9 33.0
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
84.0 84.3
Second Hip Room (in)
44.4 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 52.8
Second Head Room (in)
35.3 36.7
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.8 49.4
Front Leg Room (in)
43.0 39.4
Front Hip Room (in)
52.8 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
35.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.5 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 4.2
Length, Overall (in)
193.4 161.1
Height, Overall (in)
52.0 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.6 58.7
Wheelbase (in)
101.1 98.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.9 12.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 1.27 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x 1.02 9.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.8 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
42.5 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.9 17.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.6 32.8
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.2
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QEA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D15 P205/55HR16
Front Tire Order Code
QEA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3340 2769
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 4 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.4 6.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
690 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
105 90
Engine
Displacement
3.8L/231 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5200 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
225 @ 4000 122 @ 2600
Engine Order Code
L36 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 0.84
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.53 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.12
Trans Order Code
MM5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.75 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.36
Summary
Vehicle Name
Pontiac Firebird Volkswagen New Beetle
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.10 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Salisbury Axle Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Torsion-Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
36 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Short/Long Arm Independent

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