Compare 2014 Volkswagen Golf vs 2014 Mazda MAZDA3

2014 Volkswagen Golf
2014 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door HB Automatic PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $19,195 $19,995
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 30 $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
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4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 29 41 $16,474 $16,945
4-Door Sedan Automatic i SV 30 41 $17,495 $17,995
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 29 41 $17,655 $18,445
5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $18,131 $18,945
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,657 $19,495
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $18,753 $19,595
5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $19,136 $19,995
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,231 $20,095
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $19,756 $20,645
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,234 $21,145
4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,761 $22,745
5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 30 41 $22,766 $23,795
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,530 $24,595
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,008 $25,095
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,869 $25,995
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,345 $26,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,195
$16,474
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$16,945
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$282 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers excellent handling and a good ride, premium interior design and materials, and a range of engines--including the efficient TDI diesel--but at a premium price. The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience; but its tight, noisy cabin means that it’s not at all the best pick for pragmatists.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 35.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 42.2
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 54.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.9 96.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 57.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
165.4 180.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.2 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.4
Brakes
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)
10.7 10.4
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 11
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 34.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3102 2781
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 16 X 6.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 100
Engine
Displacement
2.5 L/151 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 155 @ 6000
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-5 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 150 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 41
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 29
Transmission
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.30
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 1.95
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.04 3.36
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.87 3.85
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 5.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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