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Selected Style 4-Door Manual S PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual S 23 33 $19,195 $19,995
4-Door Manual PZEV S 23 33 $19,195 $19,995
4-Door Automatic S 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
4-Door Automatic PZEV S 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $22,795 $23,745
4-Door Automatic PZEV SE 24 31 $22,795 $23,745
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $23,995 $24,995
4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $25,051 $26,095
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 20 28 $18,303 $19,545
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,052 $20,345
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,079 $22,510
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,827 $23,310
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 20 28 $18,771 $20,045
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,521 $20,845
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,546 $23,010
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,294 $23,810
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,195
$14,801
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$15,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$263 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Mazda3 provides more driving enjoyment than most other small-car models, along with a stylish, racy look; but with a tight, noisy cabin, it’s not without compromise.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Wagon Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.1 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) 38.4 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 91.7 94.1
Second Head Room (in) 38.1 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - -
Height, Overall (in) 59.2 57.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 103.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4 4.7
Length, Overall (in) 179.4 180.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 32.8 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 66.9 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 11.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.1 x 0.5 10.4 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) 11.8 x 1.0 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 34.2
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.01 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/55HR16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/55HR16 P205/55HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 300 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3186 2859
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.0 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 100
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 4250 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/151 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 33
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.66 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.60 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.12 1.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.39 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.87 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.78 3.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.27 1.31
Trans Type 5 5
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.2 5.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
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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