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Selected Style 2-Door HB Manual
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Emissions

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $21,885 $23,465
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $21,885 $23,465
2-Door HB DSG 24 32 $22,984 $24,565
2-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 32 $22,984 $24,565
4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $22,446 $24,070
4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $22,446 $24,070
4-Door HB DSG 24 32 $23,545 $25,170
4-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 32 $23,545 $25,170
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $21,851 $23,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,885
$21,851
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,465
$23,340
Monthly Payment Estimate
$391 / month
$389 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2010 Volkswagen GTI sits more upright, as usual-but its punchy turbo engine, crisp handling, and paddle-shifted gearbox are anything but stodgy. Overall the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 delivers pulse-quickening thrills for the back roads—or weekend track forays—all on a tight budget, without sacrificing too much practicality for everyday commuting.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93.5 94.6
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 42.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.7
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.0 4.7
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 177.6
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.7 60.0
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 103.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 69.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46.0 42.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 15.3 17.0
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) 11.26 x 0.47 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.28 x 0.98 12.6 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.6 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 18.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.01 2.7
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 225/45HR17 P225/40R18
Spare Tire Size Compact T125/70D17
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 225/45HR17 P225/40R18
Trailering
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 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3034 3245
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.4 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 480 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 207 @ 1800-5000 280 @ 3000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.3L/138
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 5100-6000 263 @ 5500
Engine Type Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I4
Fuel System FSI DISI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.93 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.36 3.21
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47 1.37
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.11 0.95
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.99 3.46
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.09 1.91
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.94/3.09 4.19/3.53
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.10 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen GTI Mazda Mazda3
Body Style 2 Door HB 5 Door Wagon
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.5 - TBD -
 
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