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 Manual GL
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 Shoulder Room (in)
55.8 49.4
Front Leg Room (in)
43.0 39.4
Front Hip Room (in)
52.8 - TBD -
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
52.0 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.6 58.7
Wheelbase (in)
101.1 98.9
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.9 12.0
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.8 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.2
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D15 P205/55HR16
Front Tire Order Code
QEA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QEA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P205/55HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3340 2769
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 16 x 6.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.4 6.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
105 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
690 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
225 @ 4000 122 @ 2600
Engine Order Code
L36 NA
Displacement
3.8L/231 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5200 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 24
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Pontiac Firebird Volkswagen New Beetle
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Torsion-Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
36 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Short/Long Arm Independent
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

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