Compare 2014 Hyundai Elantra vs 2014 Mazda MAZDA3

2014 Hyundai Elantra
2014 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 27 37 $20,719 $21,650
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited PZEV 27 37 $20,719 $21,650
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 28 38 $17,582 $18,200
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport 24 35 $21,704 $22,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport PZEV 24 35 $21,704 $22,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE 27 37 $16,687 $17,200
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual Sport 24 34 $20,766 $21,700
Elantra Coupe 2-Door 24 34 $18,972 $19,600
Elantra Coupe 2-Door PZEV 24 34 $18,972 $19,600
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic 24 33 $19,024 $19,750
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic w/Blue Int 24 33 $19,024 $19,750
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Manual 24 34 $18,074 $18,750
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Manual w/Blue Int 24 34 $18,074 $18,750
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 30 41 $22,766 $23,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i SV 30 41 $17,495 $17,995
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,657 $19,495
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $19,756 $20,645
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,869 $25,995
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,530 $24,595
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,761 $22,745
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 29 41 $16,474 $16,945
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 29 41 $17,655 $18,445
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $18,753 $19,595
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $19,136 $19,995
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,234 $21,145
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,345 $26,495
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,008 $25,095
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $18,131 $18,945
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,231 $20,095

Pricing

Invoice Price

$20,719
$22,766

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$21,650
$23,795

Monthly Payment Estimate

$361 / month
$397 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

The Hyundai Elantra already had the bases covered--we'll see if a new engine and new tuning draws it even closer to best in class. The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience; but its tight, noisy cabin means that it’s not at all the best pick for pragmatists.

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Fuel Economy

City

27 mpg 30 mpg

Highway

37 mpg 41 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

95.6 96.3

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.8 54.4

Front Leg Room (in)

43.6 42.2

Front Hip Room (in)

53.5 55.5

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Leg Room (in)

33.1 35.8

Front Head Room (in)

40 37.6

Second Hip Room (in)

52.7 53.5

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.9 57.2

Second Head Room (in)

37.1 37.5

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in)

56.3 57.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.6 61.4

Wheelbase (in)

106.3 106.3

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

69.9 70.7

Track Width, Front (in)

61.1 61.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.3 6.1

Length, Overall (in)

179.1 180.3

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.8 12.4

Brakes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.3 10.4

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11 11

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

12.8 13.2

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.8 34.8

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P215/45HR17 P205/60HR16

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P215/45HR17 P205/60HR16

Spare Tire Size

NA Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2818 2848

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 16 X 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 16 X 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

550 -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

90 100

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

130 @ 4700 150 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

145 @ 6500 155 @ 6000

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

MPI Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

31 34

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

37 41

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

27 30

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.44 3.55

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.94 3.59

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.83 1.45

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.71

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.44 3.89

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.73 2.02

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.39 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.77 0.60

Summary

Vehicle Name

Hyundai Elantra Mazda Mazda3

Body Style

Sedan Sedan

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear

Torsion Beam Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Torsion Beam Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Emissions

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

5.8 5.3

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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