Compare 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle vs 2002 Pontiac Firebird

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2-Door Coupe Manual GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual GL 24 31 $15,151 $15,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic GL 23 29 $16,015 $16,775
2-Door Coupe Manual GLS 24 31 $15,706 $16,850
2-Door Coupe Automatic GLS 23 29 $16,570 $17,725
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $16,675 $17,900
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GLS 34 44 $17,539 $18,775
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLS 24 31 $17,876 $19,200
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLS 23 29 $18,740 $20,075
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual Sport 24 31 $18,847 $20,250
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLX 24 31 $20,001 $21,500
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLX 23 29 $20,865 $22,375
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual S 23 30 $21,756 $23,400
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2-Door Coupe Firebird
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Firebird 19 31 $18,345 $20,050
2-Door Coupe Formula 18 26 $23,785 $25,995
2-Door Convertible Firebird 19 30 $24,672 $26,965
2-Door Coupe Trans Am 18 26 $25,642 $28,025
2-Door Convertible Trans Am 18 26 $29,366 $32,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,151
$18,345
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,900
$20,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$265 / month
$334 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.5 28.9
Front Head Room (in)
41.3 37.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85 88.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 45.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 57.4
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 35.2
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.3 55.8
Front Leg Room (in)
39.4 43.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.8
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 35.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 74.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.1 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
3.9 4.5
Length, Overall (in)
161.1 193.3
Height, Overall (in)
59.0 51.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.5 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
98.7 101.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 12.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x 0.87 11.9 x - TBD -
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)
9.0 x 0.35 12.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 40.6
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.04 2.7
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P235/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P235/55R16
Spare Tire Size
P205/55HR16 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2817 3319
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.6 11.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
70 105
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.8L/231
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
115 @ 5200 200 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
122 @ 2600 225 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA L36
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 31
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.72
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.53
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA MM5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.24 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.75
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.41
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen New Beetle Pontiac Firebird
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.71 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 1.10
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Salisbury Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Short/Long Arm

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