Compare 2008 Saturn Astra vs 2008 Mazda MAZDA3

2008 Saturn Astra
2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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5-Door HB XE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB XE 24 32 $14,843 $15,875
5-Door HB XR 24 32 $16,292 $17,425
3-Door HB XR 24 32 $17,180 $18,375
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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
$14,843
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,875
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$265 / month
$232 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Saturn Astra has the body styles, the fuel economy and the feel of a winner. 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
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 37.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
51.8 53.8
Second Leg Room (in)
35.3 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.4 94.3
Second Hip Room (in)
51.4 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 54.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
170.5 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.4 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.0 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
58.6 60.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
12.2 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x 0.4 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)
12.2 x 1.0 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.4 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
QJV NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
QJV NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1388 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1388 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
139 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
139 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2921 2780
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 3800 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
2H0 NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 148 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 1.84
Trans Order Code
MM3 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.12 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.17
Summary
Body Style
5 Door Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Saturn Astra Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Semi-independent E-type Multi-link
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 -

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