Compare 2009 Volkswagen GLI vs 2009 Mazda MAZDA3

2009 Volkswagen GLI
2009 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan Manual PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 21 31 $23,094 $24,770
4-Door Sedan Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,094 $24,770
4-Door Sedan DSG 22 29 $24,193 $25,870
4-Door Sedan DSG PZEV 22 29 $24,193 $25,870
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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 $13,777 $14,690
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 30 $14,616 $15,590
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $16,020 $17,095
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 22 30 $16,859 $17,995
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,989 $18,135
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $17,446 $18,625
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 28 $17,875 $19,085
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 28 $18,332 $19,575
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 28 $20,449 $21,845
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 28 $20,449 $21,845
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $21,286 $22,740
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 25 $22,885 $24,455
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,094
$13,777
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,770
$14,690
Monthly Payment Estimate
$413 / month
$245 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Mazda 3 is practical, affordable, and well built, with a sporty, fun-to-drive character.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.1 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
91 94.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.6 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
179.3 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.4 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.1 69.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.0 11.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 0.98 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 0.47 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.00 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45WR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45WR17 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3290 2780
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.6 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 306
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 90
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
FSI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 (Est) 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- TBD - 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 (Est) 32
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.64 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 1.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94/3.09 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.31
Trans Type
6 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen GLI Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link 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.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 7

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