Compare 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2011 Nissan Sentra vs 2011 Toyota Corolla

2011 Mazda MAZDA3
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2011 Nissan Sentra
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2011 Toyota Corolla
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,827 $23,310
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,052 $20,345
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,079 $22,510
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 20 28 $18,303 $19,545
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,294 $23,810
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,521 $20,845
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,546 $23,010
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Sport 20 28 $18,771 $20,045
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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 27 34 $16,535 $17,240
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 27 34 $16,781 $17,990
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 27 34 $18,084 $19,390
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SR 27 34 $16,781 $17,990
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,763 $20,120
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 24 31 $15,406 $16,060
Sentra 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 28 $19,228 $20,620
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4-Door Sedan Automatic L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic L 26 34 $15,782 $16,700
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic LE 26 34 $16,284 $17,600
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic S 26 34 $17,237 $18,600
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Manual L 28 35 $15,027 $15,900
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Manual S 28 35 $16,469 $17,770
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,443
$16,535
$15,782
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,555
$17,240
$16,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$293 / month
$287 / month
$278 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.0
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Mazda3 provides more driving enjoyment than most other small-car models, along with a stylish, racy look; but with a tight, noisy cabin, it’s not without compromise. The 2010 Nissan Sentra looks plain on the outside and is only offered in one body style, but there's a lot to love for shoppers who value a comfortable, well-appointed interior. The 2011 Toyota Corolla is spacious, safe, and well-equipped; but if you're looking for excitement or inspiration, it's not here.
TCC Likes
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 27 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.3 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.1 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 42.4 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 54.1 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.1 97.4 92.1
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 34.5 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 40.6 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 53.0 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 56.9 54.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
180.7 179.8 180.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 59.5 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.8 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 105.7 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 70.5 69.4
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 59.8 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.6 5.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.8 13.1 12.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94 10.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 35.4 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric-Assist Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 2.9 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
35.8 - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.4 17.4
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P205/60HR15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D15 T125/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P205/60HR15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2922 2948 2767
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 2.1 5.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 100 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 140 @ 5100 132 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
EFI SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500 147 @ 4800 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 27 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 30 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34 34
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.41 1.75 2.34
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 NA 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 5.41 4.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 NA 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 2.35 - 0.39 2.85
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 NA 1.00
Trans Type
5 1 4
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Nissan Sentra Toyota Corolla
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.87 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.4 6.2 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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