Compare 2008 Hyundai Elantra vs 2009 Mazda MAZDA3

2008 Hyundai Elantra
2009 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE PZEV 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 30 $14,616 $15,590
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 22 30 $16,859 $17,995
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 28 $20,449 $21,845
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 28 $17,875 $19,085
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,777 $14,690
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $16,020 $17,095
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,989 $18,135
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 28 $20,449 $21,845
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 28 $18,332 $19,575
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 28 $18,799 $20,075
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 25 $22,885 $24,455
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $21,286 $22,740
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,563 $20,895
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $17,446 $18,625
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,912 $19,125
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,547
$14,616
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,970
$15,590
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$260 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice. The 2009 Mazda 3 is practical, affordable, and well built, with a sporty, fun-to-drive character.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.9 94.3
Second Hip Room (in)
54.0 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 53.8
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.7 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 103.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 11.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.9 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2895 2811
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.0 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 306
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
75 90
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4600 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 25
Transmission
Trans Type
4 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.48 2.65
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.50
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.85 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.73
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 2.82
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Mazda Mazda3
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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