Compare 2018 Audi A3 vs 2018 Buick Cascada vs 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2018 Audi A3
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2018 Buick Cascada
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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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2.0 TFSI Premium FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Prestige FWD 25 33 $35,666 $38,350
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro AWD 22 30 $38,178 $41,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium FWD 25 33 $37,248 $40,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus FWD 25 33 $37,248 $40,050
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus quattro AWD 22 30 $39,758 $42,750
A3 Convertible 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium quattro AWD 22 30 $39,758 $42,750
A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Premium FWD 26 35 $29,714 $31,950
A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus FWD 26 35 $29,714 $31,950
A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro AWD 24 31 $32,504 $34,950
A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro AWD 24 31 $32,504 $34,950
A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Prestige FWD 26 35 $29,714 $31,950
A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro AWD 24 31 $32,504 $34,950
A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium FWD 26 35 $31,296 $33,650
A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus FWD 26 35 $31,296 $33,650
A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus quattro AWD 24 31 $34,086 $36,650
A3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium quattro AWD 24 31 $34,086 $36,650
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium Plus N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Prestige N/A N/A $36,736 $39,500
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Tech Premium N/A N/A $37,806 $40,650
A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV Tech Premium Plus N/A N/A $37,806 $40,650
RS 3 2.5 TFSI S Tronic 19 28 $51,058 $54,900
S3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 22 28 $40,596 $43,650
S3 2.0 TFSI Prestige 22 28 $40,596 $43,650
S3 2.0 TFSI Tech Premium Plus 22 28 $42,362 $45,550
S3 2.0 TFSI Tech Prestige 22 28 $42,362 $45,550
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2-Door Conv
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cascada 2-Door Conv 21 29 $32,899 $33,065
Cascada 2-Door Conv Premium 21 29 $34,627 $36,070
Cascada 2-Door Conv Sport Touring 21 29 $35,587 $37,070
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Club Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
MX-5 Miata Club Automatic 26 35 $28,134 $29,755
MX-5 Miata Club Manual 26 33 $27,568 $29,155
MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Automatic 26 35 $29,564 $31,270
MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Manual 26 33 $28,548 $30,195
MX-5 Miata Sport Automatic 26 35 $25,195 $26,645
MX-5 Miata Sport Manual 26 33 $23,921 $25,295
MX-5 Miata RF Club Automatic 26 35 $30,737 $32,510
MX-5 Miata RF Club Manual 26 33 $30,169 $31,910
MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring Automatic 26 35 $31,977 $33,825
MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring Manual 26 33 $30,964 $32,750

Pricing

Invoice Price

$35,666
$32,899
$28,134

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$38,350
$33,065
$29,755

Monthly Payment Estimate

$639 / month
$551 / month
$496 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.2
5.6
6.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2018 Audi S3 is a blast to drive, but it suffers from a tiny rear seat and the Volkswagen Golf R offers the same performance with more room for less. As a sedate, stylish droptop, the Buick Cascada is an excellent choice; it’s also the only choice. The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential modern sports car.

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Fuel Economy

City

25 mpg 21 mpg 26 mpg

Highway

33 mpg 29 mpg 35 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Subcompact Cars Compact Car Two Seaters

Number of Passenger Doors

- 2 -

EPA Air Pollution Score

- - TBD - -

Interior Dimensions

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.8 54.6 52.2

Second Leg Room (in)

31.9 32.8 -

Passenger Capacity

4 4 2

Front Leg Room (in)

41.2 42.2 43.1

Second Head Room (in)

36.3 36.1 -

Second Shoulder Room (in)

45.7 45.8 -

Front Head Room (in)

37.4 37.8 37.4

Passenger Volume (ft³)

- 82 -

Second Hip Room (in)

- - TBD - -

Front Hip Room (in)

- - TBD - 52

Exterior Dimensions

Length, Overall (in)

174.1 184.9 154.1

Height, Overall (in)

55.5 56.8 48.8

Track Width, Rear (in)

60.1 62.5 59.2

Wheelbase (in)

102.2 106.1 90.9

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.7 72.4 68.3

Track Width, Front (in)

61.2 62.5 58.9

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- - TBD - 5.3

Liftover Height (in)

- - TBD - -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.9 9.8 4.6

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.3 12.6 x - TBD - 11

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA - TBD - NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.7 11.5 x - TBD - 11

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc Pwr 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA - TBD - NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.2 14.3 11.9

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.1 38.7 30.8

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- NA -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- 15.3 -

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- - TBD - -

Tires

Front Tire Size

P225/45HR17 P245/40R20 P205/45WR17

Spare Tire Size

Compact RUA NA

Front Tire Order Code

NA RAL NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA RUA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/45HR17 P245/40R20 P205/45WR17

Rear Tire Order Code

NA RAL NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3428 3979 2381

Wheels

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact 17 x - TBD - NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7.5 20 x - TBD - 17 X 7

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7.5 20 x - TBD - 17 X 7

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

320 - TBD - -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

140 140 100

Engine

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Gas I4 Premium Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

221 @ 1600 207 @ 1800-4500 148 @ 4600

Engine Order Code

NA LWC NA

Displacement

2.0 L/121 1.6L 2.0 L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

186 @ 4400 200 @ 5500 155 @ 6000

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

25 21 26

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

28 24 29

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

33 29 35

Transmission

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.75 2.96 2.06

Trans Order Code

NA MH7 NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.93 1.45 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.76 0.75 0.58

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.40 4.58 3.54

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.77 3.53 3.45

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.77 1.91 1.40

Trans Type

7 6 6

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

0.64 - -

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.70 1.00 0.71

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.90 2.94 3.17

Clutch Size (in)

- NA -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi A3 Cabriolet Buick Cascada Mazda MX-5 Miata

Body Style

Cabriolet Convertible Convertible

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut NA Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Compound Crank Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link NA Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut HiPer Strut Double Wishbone

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- - TBD - -

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- - TBD - -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- - TBD - -

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- - TBD - -

Emissions

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

6.3 7.4 6.1

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- 5 -

Trailering

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- - TBD - -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- - TBD - -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- - TBD - -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- - TBD - -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- NA -

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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