Compare 2009 Kia Spectra vs 2008 Mazda MAZDA3

2009 Kia Spectra
2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 32 $15,470 $16,550
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 24 32 $13,925 $14,550
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 24 32 $16,310 $17,450
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Manual EX 23 30 $14,540 $15,500
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $12,965 $13,550
Spectra 4-Door Sedan Manual SX 23 30 $15,380 $16,450
Spectra 5-Door HB Automatic Spectra5 24 32 $16,540 $17,695
Spectra 5-Door HB Manual Spectra5 23 30 $15,610 $16,695
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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
$15,470
$13,861
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,550
$14,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$276 / month
$247 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Kia Spectra has a roomy interior and respectable performance at a bargain price. 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
24 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.0 94.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 41.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.5 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
102.8 103.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.3 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
58.9 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
177.2 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.2 11.5
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x - TBD - 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.0 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.3 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2767-2892 2811
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.3 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4500 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Spectra Mazda Mazda3
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Dual-Link w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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