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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual L 27 34 $15,243 $16,130
4-Door Sedan Automatic L 26 34 $16,027 $16,960
4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 26 34 $16,570 $17,910
4-Door Sedan Manual S 27 34 $16,674 $17,990
4-Door Sedan Automatic S 26 34 $17,439 $18,820
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,071 $23,570
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,243
$14,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,130
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$269 / month
$253 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line For those who want frugal, trouble-free transportation but have no want of excitement, the 2012 Toyota Corolla fits the bill. With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 27 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 42.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 53.7
Second Leg Room (in) 36.3 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) 43.9 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 92.1 94.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.8 4.7
Length, Overall (in) 180.0 180.9
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.4 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 102.4 103.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.4 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.3 11.8
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
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) 10.7 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.4 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 34.2
Steering Type Electric-Assist Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.4 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 35.8
Tires
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Rear 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) 2734 2866
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 5.8 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 100
Engine
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 132 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 128 @ 4400 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 27 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 30 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 33
Transmission
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) 0.72 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.25 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90 3.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31 4.10
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.88 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.16 3.30
Summary
Vehicle Name Toyota Corolla Mazda Mazda3
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA 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.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.1 5.2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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