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Selected Style 2-Door HB Manual S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual S 25 34 $23,793 $24,785
4-Door HB Manual S 25 34 $24,370 $25,385
2-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $24,850 $25,885
2-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,229 $26,280
4-Door HB DSG S 25 33 $25,426 $26,485
4-Door HB Manual S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $25,806 $26,880
2-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,286 $27,380
2-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $26,673 $27,785
4-Door HB DSG S w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $26,862 $27,980
4-Door HB Manual SE 25 34 $27,250 $28,385
2-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $27,730 $28,885
2-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,109 $29,280
4-Door HB DSG SE 25 33 $28,306 $29,485
4-Door HB Manual SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $28,686 $29,880
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 25 34 $28,843 $30,045
2-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,166 $30,380
4-Door HB DSG SE w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $29,742 $30,980
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 25 33 $29,899 $31,145
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $30,277 $31,540
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn w/Performance Pkg N/A N/A $31,334 $32,640
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
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
$23,793
$16,474
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,785
$16,945
Monthly Payment Estimate
$413 / month
$282 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC’s Bottom Line 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 25 mpg 29 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 54.4
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 38.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93.5 96.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 57.2
Second Leg Room (in) 35.6 35.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 42.2
Second Head Room (in) 38.1 37.6
Front Hip Room (in) - 55.5
Second Hip Room (in) - 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.6 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5 6.1
Length, Overall (in) 168 180.3
Height, Overall (in) 56.8 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.7 61.4
Wheelbase (in) 103.6 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.5 70.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 52.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 22.8 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.4
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 11
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 13.2
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/40HR18 P205/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/40HR18 P205/60HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2972 2781
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 X 7.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 X 7.5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 480 -
Engine
Fuel System Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 258 @ 1500 150 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 4500 155 @ 6000
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 41
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.76 3.36
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.24 3.85
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.46 1.30
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.55 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.08 1.95
Trans Order Code NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.08 1.03
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Golf GTI Mazda Mazda3
Body Style Hatchback Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.3 (Est) 5.5
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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