2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Its Competition

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport *Ltd Avail*
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport *Ltd Avail*2008 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings2008 Dodge Caliber SE2008 Dodge CaliberBrowse Used Listings2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS2008 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings2008 Jeep Compass2008 Jeep CompassBrowse Used Listings2004 Honda Civic 2-door Coupe EX Auto Side Exterior View2004 Honda Civic ClassicBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
7.0
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
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
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
7.0
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 I4Gas 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 DX Manual
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/ODManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. 2008 Dodge Caliber2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. 2008 Ford Focus2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. 2008 Hyundai Elantra2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. 2008 Jeep Compass2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. 2004 Honda Civic Classic