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Selected Style 4-Door HB FWD w/1SA
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB FWD w/1SA 26 32 $15,375 $16,100
4-Door HB FWD w/1SB 21 28 $15,752 $16,495
4-Door HB FWD GT 21 28 $19,935 $20,875
4-Door HB AWD 20 26 $19,553 $20,475
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
$15,375
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,100
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$268 / month
$232 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The small-hatchback competition is growing, but with a new look, upgraded powertrains, and bolstered safety features, the new 2009 Pontiac Vibe should be a top choice. 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 26 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Passenger Car Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.6 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.6 41.1
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 91.4 94.3
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 36.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.5 39.1
Second Hip Room (in) 43.7 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.3 54.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 39.4 37.4
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.9 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 102.4 103.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.5 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 59.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.8 4.8
Length, Overall (in) 171.1 177.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 20.1 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 49.4 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 11.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.19 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) 10.82 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.3 34.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.1 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 14.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size - TBD - T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code QGF NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P205/55R16 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code QGF NA
Front Tire Size P205/55R16 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2856 2780
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.9 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System DOHC MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 128 @ 4400 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code LAY NA
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 132 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas L4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 24
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.89 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.17 3.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.31
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.25 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90 1.84
Trans Order Code MM5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31 4.11
Summary
Vehicle Name Pontiac Vibe Mazda Mazda3
Body Style 4 Door Compact Car 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam E-type Multi-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
 
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