Compare 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2009 Nissan Sentra

2008 Mazda MAZDA3
2009 Nissan Sentra
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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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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 24 30 $16,047 $16,730
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 FE+ 26 34 $16,047 $16,730
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 24 30 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S FE+ 26 34 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 24 30 $18,334 $19,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL FE+ 26 34 $18,334 $19,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR FE+ 26 34 $16,567 $17,760
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $19,265 $20,660
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $14,727 $15,350
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,823 $16,960
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 29 $19,729 $21,160
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,861
$16,047
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,795
$16,730
Monthly Payment Estimate
$247 / month
$279 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States. The 2009 Nissan Sentra is a worthy contender in the compact segment, but the CVT transmission may turn off some buyers.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 54.1
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.3 97.4
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 37.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 42.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 179.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 59.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.5 13.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60R15
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2811 2930
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA MR20DE
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Type
4 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.65 5.47
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.50 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 2.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.82 2.56 - 0.43
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Nissan Sentra
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
E-type Multi-link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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