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2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
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2-Door HB Manual S PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual PZEV S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
2-Door HB Manual S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
2-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
4-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,022 $13,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 23 31 $13,861 $14,795
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring *Ltd Avail 24 32 $15,222 $16,255
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic * i Touring *Ltd Avail 23 31 $16,061 $17,155
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,322 $17,435
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,456
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,300
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$272 / month
$232 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a high-quality compact vehicle throughout, though it's not particularly sporty or fuel-efficient. The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.0 94.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.3 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 54.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.3 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.6 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
165.8 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.24 x 0.47 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)
11.34 x 0.98 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 34.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
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)
3072 2780
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/151 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 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)
3.65 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Rabbit Mazda Mazda3
Body Style
2 Door HB 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multilink w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent E-type Multi-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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