Compare 2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

2008 Mazda MAZDA3
2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
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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 HB Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Rabbit 2-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
Rabbit 2-Door HB Automatic S PZEV 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
Rabbit 2-Door HB Manual S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
Rabbit 2-Door HB Manual S PZEV 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
Rabbit 4-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
Rabbit 4-Door HB Automatic S PZEV 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,861
$16,555
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,795
$17,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$247 / month
$290 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States. The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a high-quality compact vehicle throughout, though it's not particularly sporty or fuel-efficient.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.3 94.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.8 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.34 x 0.98
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 - 10.24 x 0.47
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 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 35.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 - TBD -
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 3138
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
Trans Type
4 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA & Tiptronic
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.65 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.50 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 3.89
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.82 4.04
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.56
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Volkswagen Rabbit
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door HB
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
E-type Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Multilink
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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