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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Its Competition

 
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport *Ltd Avail*
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
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Our expert editors build comparisons like this one to make it easy for you to understand the small handful of cars you should compare to whatever car you are already looking at. You get general thoughts on each car you should consider plus an easy way to compare basic information for yourself.

The compact car market is more crowded than a can of sardines.

Choices include pure sedans, three-door hatchbacks, five-door hatchbacks (wagons), and even mini-SUVs.

It is impossible to cover every competitor in this limited space, so the editors from TheCarConnection.com cherry-picked a range of choices.

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7.8
/ 10
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The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
7.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
7.2
/ 10
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The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
7.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2008 Jeep Compass tries to take the brand to a new on-road audience, but falls short of pleasing drivers who never hit the trails.
MSRP From     
$13,895$14,965$14,395$13,970$17,475$13,010
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Natural Gas I4
EPA Class     
CompactMid-sizeCompactMid-Size2WD Sport Utility VehiclesCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*4-Door HB SE FWD2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual GLSFWD 4-Door SportClassic 4-Door Sedan GX CVT w/Side Airbags
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door SedanHatchback2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManualCVT

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