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 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
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.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
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
EPA Air Pollution Score
- - TBD - -
Number of Passenger Doors
- 2 -
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.6 52.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- - TBD - 52
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 82 -
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD - -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 62.5 58.9
Wheelbase (in)
102.2 106.1 90.9
Height, Overall (in)
55.5 56.8 48.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.1 62.5 59.2
Length, Overall (in)
174.1 184.9 154.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD - 5.3
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- 72.4 68.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.9 9.8 4.6
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.3 11.9
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 38.7 30.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.3 -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- - TBD - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- NA -
Tires
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
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P245/40R20 P205/45WR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact RUA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3428 3979 2381
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 140 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
320 - TBD - -
Engine
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
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Gas I4 Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 24 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 29 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 21 26
Transmission
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
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
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.75 2.96 2.06
Trans Order Code
NA MH7 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.64 - -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 1.45 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Clutch Size (in)
- NA -
Summary
Body Style
Cabriolet Convertible Convertible
Vehicle Name
Audi A3 Cabriolet Buick Cascada Mazda MX-5 Miata
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut NA Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD - -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - TBD - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - TBD - -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - TBD - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 7.4 6.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5 -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- - TBD - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- - TBD - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- - TBD - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- - TBD - -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- NA -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
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
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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