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Compare 2018 Hyundai Elantra vs 2018 Mazda MAZDA3

2018 Hyundai Elantra
2018 Mazda MAZDA3
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ECO 1.4T DCT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra ECO 1.4T DCT 32 40 $19,834 $20,550
Elantra Limited 2.0L Automatic 28 37 $21,078 $22,100
Elantra Limited 2.0L Automatic SULEV 28 37 $21,078 $22,100
Elantra SE 2.0L Automatic 29 38 $17,377 $17,950
Elantra SE 2.0L Automatic SULEV 29 38 $17,377 $17,950
Elantra SE 2.0L Manual 26 36 $16,432 $16,950
Elantra SEL 2.0L Automatic 28 37 $18,227 $18,850
Elantra SEL 2.0L Automatic SULEV 28 37 $18,227 $18,850
Elantra Sport 1.6T Automatic 26 33 $21,940 $22,900
Elantra Sport 1.6T Manual 22 30 $20,906 $21,800
Elantra Value Edition 2.0L Automatic 28 37 $19,172 $19,850
Elantra Value Edition 2.0L Automatic SULEV 28 37 $19,172 $19,850
Elantra GT Automatic 24 32 $19,543 $20,350
Elantra GT Manual 23 31 $18,603 $19,350
Elantra GT Sport Automatic 26 32 $23,303 $24,350
Elantra GT Sport Manual 22 29 $22,269 $23,250
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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
Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Automatic 27 36 $23,864 $24,945
Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Manual 25 34 $22,862 $23,895
Mazda3 5-Door Sport Automatic 28 37 $19,518 $20,395
Mazda3 5-Door Sport Manual 28 38 $18,514 $19,345
Mazda3 5-Door Touring Automatic 27 36 $20,945 $21,890
Mazda3 5-Door Touring Manual 25 34 $19,941 $20,840
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,834
$23,149
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,550
$24,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$403 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra adds a versatile hatchback to the fold and makes a more compelling case as a compact contender in a value-packed segment. The 2018 Mazda 3 adds standard active safety features to an already compelling value. Among compact cars, this is one to consider.
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Fuel Economy
City
32 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 37.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.8 96.3
Second Hip Room (in)
51.9 53.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 57.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 54.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 55.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.5 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
179.9 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 70.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.4 12.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake Type
Front Disc/Rear Drum 4-Wheel Disc
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
8 10.4
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8 NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
17.4 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P215/45WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P215/45WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2857 3100
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 18 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 18 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
156 @ 1400 185 @ 3250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.4 L/83 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
128 @ 5500 184 @ 5700
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
35 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
32 27
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.88 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.81 3.55
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 3.39
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 1.45
Trans Type
7 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
5.10 3.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.26 2.02
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
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
5.0 5.8
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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