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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual CE (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual CE 28 37 $13,324 $14,405
4-Door Sedan Automatic CE 26 35 $14,064 $15,205
4-Door Sedan Manual S 28 37 $13,981 $15,450
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 26 35 $14,705 $16,250
4-Door Sedan Manual LE 28 37 $14,131 $15,615
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 26 35 $14,855 $16,415
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
$13,324
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,405
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$240 / month
$232 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Toyota Corolla may be aging, but it’s aging well—though its engine can sound a little raspy. 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 28 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 37 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 36.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 90.3 94.3
Second Hip Room (in) 46.2 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 54.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.5 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.1
Front Hip Room (in) 51.9 53.8
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.9 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 58.3 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.7 4.8
Length, Overall (in) 178.3 177.4
Height, Overall (in) 58.5 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 57.5 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 102.4 103.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.6 11.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 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 Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 7.9 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 19.5 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.2 34.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.4 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Size P185/65R15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P185/65R15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2530 2780
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.3 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 1.8L/109 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 126 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System SFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 122 @ 4200 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 32
Transmission
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.25 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90 1.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.89 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD 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
Summary
Vehicle Name Toyota Corolla Mazda Mazda3
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
 
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