Compare 2015 Hyundai Elantra vs 2015 Mazda MAZDA3

2015 Hyundai Elantra
2015 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 $20,766 $21,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited PZEV 27 37 $20,766 $21,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 28 38 $17,629 $18,250
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport 24 35 $21,610 $22,600
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport PZEV 24 35 $21,610 $22,600
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE 27 37 $16,734 $17,250
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual Sport 24 34 $20,672 $21,600
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic 24 33 $19,071 $19,800
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Manual 24 34 $18,121 $18,800
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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 $24,963 $26,095
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,816 $24,895
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 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 25 37 $23,961 $25,045
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 25 37 $22,814 $23,845
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 $25,443 $26,595
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,296 $25,395
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
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 26 35 $24,438 $25,545
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Touring 26 35 $23,290 $24,345
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,766
$22,766
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,700
$23,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$362 / month
$397 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
Snappy sheetmetal and smart packaging puts the 2015 Hyundai Elantra on most must-drive lists, though it's not as engaging to drive as some compact sedans. The 2015 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving small cars, with efficient engines and smooth transmissions that help give it a more premium feel than its price would suggest.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.5
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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
179.1 180.3
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
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 Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
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
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 -
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
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
31 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 41
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.60
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
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
5.7 5.2
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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