Compare 2009 Toyota Corolla vs 2008 Mazda MAZDA3

2009 Toyota Corolla
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4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 26 35 $14,352 $15,350
4-Door Sedan Automatic 27 35 $15,100 $16,150
4-Door Sedan Manual S 26 35 $15,023 $16,420
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 27 35 $15,326 $16,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 27 35 $15,783 $17,250
4-Door Sedan Automatic XLE 27 35 $16,149 $17,650
4-Door Sedan Manual XRS 22 30 $17,256 $18,860
4-Door Sedan Automatic XRS 22 30 $18,345 $20,050
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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
$14,352
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,350
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$256 / month
$232 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS. 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
26 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
43.9 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.0 94.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 53.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
178.7 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
102.4 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.3 69.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.6 11.5
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 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)
9.0 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.4 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.6 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.4 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70D15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65HR15
Front Tire Size
- P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2723 2780
Wheels
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
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.8 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
EFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4400 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
132 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 24
Transmission
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
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Corolla Mazda Mazda3
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Stabilizer Bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Stabilizer Bar 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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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