Compare 2013 Audi A3 vs 2013 BMW 3-Series vs 2013 Mazda MAZDA3

2013 Audi A3
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2013 BMW 3-Series
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2013 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 S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 30 42 $28,133 $30,250
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 21 28 $26,737 $28,750
A3 4-Door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $26,737 $28,750
A3 4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
A3 4-Door HB S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 28 $28,691 $30,850
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 27 $44,070 $47,900
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 27 $44,070 $47,900
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 23 33 $49,770 $54,100
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335is 18 26 $56,210 $61,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 18 27 $41,490 $45,100
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i xDrive AWD 18 27 $43,055 $46,800
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335is RWD 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 320i RWD 24 36 $29,945 $32,550
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa 24 36 $29,945 $32,550
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 320i xDrive AWD 23 35 $31,785 $34,550
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa SULEV 22 34 $33,900 $36,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD SULEV South Africa 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i xDrive AWD South Africa 22 33 $35,740 $38,850
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 23 33 $39,700 $43,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 23 33 $39,700 $43,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD 21 31 $41,540 $45,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i xDrive AWD South Africa 21 31 $41,540 $45,150
3 Series 4-Door Sedan ActiveHybrid 3 25 33 $45,680 $49,650
M3 2-Door Conv 13 20 $63,525 $69,050
M3 2-Door Coupe 14 20 $55,290 $60,100
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $22,619 $23,650
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i SV 24 33 $17,053 $17,550
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 28 40 $18,388 $19,225
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 28 40 $19,466 $20,350
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $24,052 $25,150
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 27 39 $21,805 $22,800
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $16,229 $16,700
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 27 39 $17,578 $18,375
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 27 39 $18,653 $19,500
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $23,287 $24,350
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $23,096 $24,150
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,945 $20,850
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $24,531 $25,650
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $23,143 $24,200
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 27 38 $22,283 $23,300
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $19,130 $20,000
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $23,766 $24,850

Pricing

Invoice Price

$25,361
$44,070
$22,619

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$27,270
$47,900
$23,650

Monthly Payment Estimate

$455 / month
$798 / month
$394 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.0
8.6
8.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury. The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect. The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

21 mpg 18 mpg 28 mpg

Highway

30 mpg 27 mpg 40 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Small Station Wagons Subcompact Cars Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD - 52.2

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.400 55.300 54.9

Passenger Volume (ft³)

89.000 84.200 94.1

Second Head Room (in)

36.900 36.500 37.5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

52.800 49.300 54.0

Front Leg Room (in)

41.200 42.000 42.0

Passenger Capacity

5 4 5

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD - 53.7

Second Leg Room (in)

34.800 32.000 36.2

Front Head Room (in)

39.300 38.000 38.9

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

60.300 59.100 60.4

Min Ground Clearance (in)

4.300 5.400 4.7

Length, Overall (in)

169.000 181.900 180.9

Height, Overall (in)

56.000 54.500 57.9

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.300 59.600 59.8

Wheelbase (in)

101.500 108.700 103.9

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

78.500 71.500 69.1

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

19.500 - -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

39.000 - -

Trunk Volume (ft³)

- 9.000 11.8

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.000 x - TBD - 11.800 x - TBD - 10.43 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.300 x - TBD - 12.300 x - TBD - 10.94 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

14.500 16.100 14.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.200 16.000 16.2

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.100 36.100 34.2

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - - TBD - 2.94

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - 35.8

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Front Tire Size

P225/45R17 225/45R17 P205/50VR17

Spare Tire Size

Compact NA T125/70D16

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/45R17 225/45R17 P205/50VR17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3219 3825 2950

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact NA 16 x - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel NA Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

9.100 - TBD - 8.7

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

140 - TBD - 100

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

207 @ 1800-5000 200 @ 2750 148 @ 4100

Engine Order Code

NA NA NA

Displacement

2.0L/121 3.0L/183 2.0L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

200 @ 5100-6000 230 @ 6500 155 @ 6000

Engine Type

Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I6 Gas I4

Fuel System

Direct Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

30 27 40

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

21 18 28

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

24 21 33

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - - TBD - NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.470 1.700 1.452

Trans Type

6 6 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.110 1.000 0.708

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.990 3.940 3.893

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.090 2.460 2.022

Trans Order Code

NA ZMT NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.940/3.090 3.230 3.591

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.100 1.230 1.000

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Manual Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.930 0.850 0.599

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.360 4.320 3.552

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A3 BMW 3 Series Mazda Mazda3

Body Style

Hatchback Convertible Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

NA NA N/A

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)

NA NA N/A

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA NA w/Coil Springs

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

7 (2012) 5 (2012) -

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.8 (2012) 8.7 5.5

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

-

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

-

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

-

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

-

Overall Side Crash Rating

-

Side Barrier Rating

-

Side Barrier Rating Driver

-

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

-

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

-

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

-

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

-

Rollover Rating

-

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