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Selected Style 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV
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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
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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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
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,657 $19,495
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $18,753 $19,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $19,756 $20,645
4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,761 $22,745
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 30 41 $22,766 $23,795
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,869 $25,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,530 $24,595
5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $18,131 $18,945
5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $19,136 $19,995
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,231 $20,095
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,234 $21,145
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,008 $25,095
5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,345 $26,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,195
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 29 mpg
Fuel Economy - 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
Second Hip Room (in) - 53.5
Front Hip Room (in) - 55.5
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 Up (ft³) 15.2 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.4
Brakes
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
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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 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
Rear Tire Size P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3102 2781
Wheels
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
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 480 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 100
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 155 @ 6000
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-5 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System Sequential MPI Direct Gasoline Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 4250 150 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5 L/151 2.0 L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 41
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 33
Transmission
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
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.56 1.30
Trans Type 6 6
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 7.1 (Est) 5.6 (Est)
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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