Compare 2018 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2018 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Chevrolet Cruze
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2018 Mazda MAZDA3
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2018 Toyota Corolla
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4-Door HB 1.4L LT w/1SC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cruze 4-Door HB 1.4L LT w/1SC 27 38 $20,467 $21,320
Cruze 4-Door HB 1.4L LT w/1SD 29 38 $21,043 $21,920
Cruze 4-Door HB 1.4L Premier w/1SF 28 37 $23,059 $24,020
Cruze 4-Door HB 1.6L LT w/1SG 29 48 $24,499 $25,520
Cruze 4-Door HB 1.6L LT w/1SH 30 45 $24,883 $25,920
Cruze 4-Door Sedan 1.4L L w/1SM 27 40 $16,890 $16,975
Cruze 4-Door Sedan 1.4L LS w/1SA 27 40 $17,784 $18,525
Cruze 4-Door Sedan 1.4L LS w/1SB 29 40 $18,744 $19,525
Cruze 4-Door Sedan 1.4L LT w/1SC 27 40 $20,083 $20,920
Cruze 4-Door Sedan 1.4L LT w/1SD 29 40 $20,659 $21,520
Cruze 4-Door Sedan 1.4L Premier w/1SF 29 39 $22,579 $23,520
Cruze 4-Door Sedan 1.6L LT w/1SG 30 52 $22,867 $23,820
Cruze 4-Door Sedan 1.6L LT w/1SH 31 47 $24,403 $25,420
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Grand Touring Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring Automatic 27 36 $23,149 $24,195
Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring Manual 25 34 $22,144 $23,145
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Automatic 28 37 $18,321 $19,145
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Manual 28 38 $17,319 $18,095
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Automatic 27 36 $20,230 $21,140
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Manual 25 34 $19,226 $20,090
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L CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Corolla L CVT 28 36 $17,577 $18,600
Corolla LE CVT 28 36 $17,625 $19,035
Corolla LE Eco CVT 30 40 $17,995 $19,435
Corolla LE Eco w/Package 1 CVT 29 38 $17,995 $19,435
Corolla SE CVT 28 35 $19,022 $20,545
Corolla SE Manual 27 35 $20,152 $21,765
Corolla XLE CVT 28 36 $20,403 $22,035
Corolla XSE CVT 28 35 $21,093 $22,780
Corolla iM CVT 28 36 $18,139 $19,590
Corolla iM Manual 27 35 $17,454 $18,850
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,467
$23,149
$17,577
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,320
$24,195
$18,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$355 / month
$403 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
7.2
6.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Chevy Cruze offers lots of compelling reasons to select it, but we’d like to see more safety tech on its standard equipment roster. The 2018 Mazda 3 adds standard active safety features to an already compelling value. Among compact cars, this is one to consider. Perfectly average in every way, the Toyota Corolla is thoroughly competent, but not at all interesting.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 27 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 36 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
51.9 53.5 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 57.2 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 96.3 97.5
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.5 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 54.4 54.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 42.2 42.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 55.5 53
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 35.8 41.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 37.6 38.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
- TBD - 61.2 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.1 6.7
Length, Overall (in)
175.3 180.3 183.1
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 57.3 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - 61.4 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 106.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 70.7 69.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
47.2 - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
22.7 - -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 12.4 13
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.4 9
Brake Type
- TBD - 4-Wheel Disc Front Disc/Rear Drum
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA 9
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.6 10.8
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.7 13.2 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 34.8 35.6
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
Q1U NA NA
Front Tire Size
205/55R16 P215/45WR18 P195/65SR15
Spare Tire Size
T115/70R16 Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
Q1U NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZAD NA NA
Rear Tire Size
205/55R16 P215/45WR18 P195/65SR15
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 - - -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3100 2840
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 18 X 7 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Styled Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 18 X 7 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Styled Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - 390
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 100 80
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 2000-4000 185 @ 3250 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LE2 NA NA
Displacement
1.4L/- TBD - 2.5 L/152 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
153 @ 5600 184 @ 5700 132 @ 6000
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 36 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 27 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
31 30 32
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.60 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.55 2.48 - 0.40
Clutch Size (in)
N/A - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.45 -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Type
6 6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.71 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.89 2.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.02 -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Order Code
MF3 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.39 4.76
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00 -
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Cruze Mazda Mazda3 4-Door Toyota Corolla
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Compound Crank Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 5.8 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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