Compare 2011 Audi A3 vs 2011 BMW 3-Series vs 2011 Mazda MAZDA3

2011 Audi A3
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2011 BMW 3-Series
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2011 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
A3 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
A3 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
A3 4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 21 30 $25,361 $27,270
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium 30 42 $28,134 $30,250
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 30 42 $28,134 $30,250
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak PZEV 2.0T Premium Plus 22 28 $26,739 $28,750
A3 4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 28 $28,690 $30,850
A3 4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $28,690 $30,850
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $48,440 $52,650
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $54,880 $59,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $42,320 $46,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,010 $51,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV South Africa 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD South Africa 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335d RWD 23 36 $40,620 $44,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD South Africa 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 17 26 $34,180 $37,150
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $36,020 $39,150
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $62,145 $67,550
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $54,190 $58,900
M3 4-Door Sedan 14 20 $51,430 $55,900
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,827 $23,310
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,052 $20,345
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,079 $22,510
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 20 28 $18,303 $19,545
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,294 $23,810
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,521 $20,845
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,546 $23,010
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Sport 20 28 $18,771 $20,045
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,361
$42,735
$16,443
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,270
$46,450
$17,555
Monthly Payment Estimate
$455 / month
$774 / month
$293 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Audi A3 is stylish, refined, and versatile—and nearly as good for the city as for the highway. Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success. 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
City
21 mpg 18 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 28 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wgn Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 36.5 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 49.3 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.8 42.0
Passenger Capacity
5 4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 53.7
Second Leg Room (in)
34.8 31.9 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.0 38.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.3 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89 84.2 94.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.3 - TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
168.9 181.9 180.7
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 54.5 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 59.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 108.7 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
27.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.4 70.2 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 59.1 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
19.5 - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
39.0 - -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 9.0 11.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD - 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16.1 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 36.1 34.2
Steering Type
Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 - TBD - 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - 35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.0 16.2
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/45R17 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
HN8 NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
HN8 NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/45R17 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
HN8 NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3219 3825 2922
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 - TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD - 100
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 230 @ 6500 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6 Gas I4
Fuel System
TFSI MPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 200 @ 2750 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 18 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 22 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 28 33
Transmission
Trans Type
6 6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11 1.00 0.69
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.94 3.41
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 2.46 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.09 3.38 3.46
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10 1.23 0.93
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 0.85 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 4.32 3.62
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.66 1.29
Summary
Body Style
4 Door HB 2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 BMW 3 Series Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four Link 5-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Pivot MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 5 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 9.3 5.4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- --
Rollover Rating
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