Compare 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2009 MINI Cooper

2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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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
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2-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cooper Convertible 2-Door 28 36 $21,510 $23,900
Cooper Convertible 2-Door John Cooper Works 26 34 $30,870 $34,300
Cooper Convertible 2-Door S 26 34 $24,120 $26,800
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe 28 37 $16,695 $18,550
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 26 34 $25,695 $28,550
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe S 26 34 $19,755 $21,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,861
$21,510
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,795
$23,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$247 / month
$398 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States. The 2009 MINI Cooper is a practical, fuel-efficient small vehicle with the soul of a sports car and a look like no other.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 28.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.3 - TBD -
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 50.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 39.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 66.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 57.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 145.6
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 55.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 57.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 97.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.5 9.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - 10.2 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)
14.5 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6 13.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 34.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/55R16
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2811 2745
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 5.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.6L/97.5
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 118 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
MPFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 114 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 36
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 32
Transmission
Trans Type
4 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.65 3.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.50 1.79
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 4.35
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 .91
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.82 3.21
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.19
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 MINI Cooper Convertible
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
E-type Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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