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Compare 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser vs 2008 Mazda MAZDA3

2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser
2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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2-Door Conv
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
PT Cruiser 2-Door Conv 21 26 $17,346 $18,430
PT Cruiser 4-Door Wgn 21 26 $15,033 $15,970
PT Cruiser 4-Door Wgn Limited 18 24 $21,899 $23,515
PT Cruiser 4-Door Wgn Touring 19 24 $18,504 $19,785
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 23 31 $13,861 $14,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 23 31 $16,061 $17,155
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,022 $13,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 24 32 $15,222 $16,255
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,322 $17,435
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
Mazda3 5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
Mazda3 5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,346
$13,861
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,430
$14,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$307 / month
$247 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair. The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
49.6 53.8
Second Leg Room (in)
40.9 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
84.3 94.3
Second Hip Room (in)
41.1 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.8 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
36.5 37.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
42.0 54.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.2 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.0 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.1 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
168.9 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
60.6 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 11.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 x 0.9 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.0 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.1 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 34.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
TP1 NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
TP1 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3303 2811
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
510 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
165 @ 4000 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
EDZ NA
Displacement
2.4L/148 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
150 @ 5200 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.82
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 2.65
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 1.50
Trans Order Code
DFF NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.73
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chrysler PT Cruiser Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Macpherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Twist beam E-type Multi-link

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