Compare 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2009 Toyota Matrix

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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5-Door Wgn Automatic FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic FWD 25 31 $15,989 $17,100
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic S AWD 20 26 $18,758 $20,500
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic S FWD 21 29 $17,888 $19,550
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic XRS FWD 21 29 $20,084 $21,950
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Manual FWD 26 32 $15,229 $16,290
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Manual S FWD 21 28 $16,798 $18,360
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Manual XRS FWD 21 28 $18,994 $20,760
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,861
$15,989
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,795
$17,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$247 / month
$285 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 43.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 53.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 39.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 52.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 41.6
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 36.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.3 114
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.8 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 171.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 61.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.9
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 69.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 61.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 19.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 10.8
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
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 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 36.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 Temporary
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2811 2965
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - Temporary
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 5.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 132 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 31
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 28
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.65 2.34
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.50 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.82 2.85
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Toyota Matrix
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 5 Door Wagon
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
E-type Multi-link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 8

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