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Selected Style 2-Door HB Manual PZEV
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Features

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,371 $18,095
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,427 $19,195
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible 23 33 $18,268 $19,030
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,325 $20,130
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $20,069 $20,905
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,125 $22,005
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
2-Door HB Manual w/Tech Pkg TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,195 $19,995
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,481 $28,625
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,537 $29,725
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 27 39 $21,805 $22,800
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 28 40 $19,466 $20,350
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 28 40 $18,388 $19,225
4-Door Sedan Automatic i SV 24 33 $17,053 $17,550
5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 27 38 $22,283 $23,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,945 $20,850
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $16,229 $16,700
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 27 39 $17,578 $18,375
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 27 39 $18,653 $19,500
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $22,619 $23,650
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $23,287 $24,350
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $24,052 $25,150
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $19,130 $20,000
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $23,096 $24,150
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $23,766 $24,850
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $24,531 $25,650
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $23,143 $24,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,371
$16,229
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,095
$16,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$302 / month
$278 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2013 Volkswagen Golf masterfully balances frisky performance, fuel-efficiency, and refinement in its GTI and even TDI editions, but as such it's priced as a premium model. The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.500 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.300 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.700 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93 94.1
Second Head Room (in) 38.500 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.800 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.200 42.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.300 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 60.700 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.400 4.7
Length, Overall (in) 165.400 180.9
Height, Overall (in) 58.300 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.600 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 101.500 103.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 15.000 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 11.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.300 x 1.000 10.94 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) 10.200 x 0.500 10.43 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.500 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.700 34.2
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size 195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2968 2866
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.000 7.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 100
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 4250 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/151 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 25
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.650 4.105
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.030 0.970
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.780 3.307
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.360 1.310
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.770 0.755
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.600 3.166
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.120 1.842
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door HB Sedan
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Golf Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA N/A
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.0 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - -
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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