Compare 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2012 Toyota Matrix

2012 Mazda MAZDA3
2012 Toyota Matrix
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
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 $21,603 $23,070
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,771 $15,200
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 $20,854 $22,270
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,071 $23,570
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
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5-Door Wgn Automatic L FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic L FWD 25 32 $18,603 $19,685
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic S AWD 20 26 $20,086 $21,715
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic S FWD 21 29 $19,199 $20,755
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Manual L FWD 26 32 $17,808 $18,845
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Manual S FWD 21 28 $18,097 $19,565

Pricing

Invoice Price

$21,568
$18,603

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$22,550
$19,685

Monthly Payment Estimate

$376 / month
$328 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.2
7.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one. The 2012 Toyota Matrix combines the frugality of the best-selling Corolla with a little more sportiness and versatility--but it still comes up a bit short in features.

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Fuel Economy

City

28 mpg 25 mpg

Highway

40 mpg 32 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Small Station Wagon

Interior Dimensions

Front Hip Room (in)

53.7 52.3

Passenger Volume (ft³)

94.1 94.2

Second Leg Room (in)

36.2 36.2

Front Head Room (in)

38.9 40.5

Second Hip Room (in)

52.2 43.7

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.9 53.3

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Head Room (in)

37.5 39.3

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.0 52.6

Front Leg Room (in)

42.0 41.6

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.8 59.9

Wheelbase (in)

103.9 102.4

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

69.1 69.5

Track Width, Front (in)

60.4 59.8

Min Ground Clearance (in)

4.7 5.8

Length, Overall (in)

180.9 171.9

Height, Overall (in)

57.9 61.0

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

11.8 -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

- 49.4

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

- 19.8

Brakes

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.9 x - TBD - 10.7 x - TBD -

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.4 x - TBD - 10.1 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

14.5 13.2

Steering

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.94 3.1

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

35.8 - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.2 16.2

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.2 36.0

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P205/50VR17 P205/55R16

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P205/50VR17 P205/55R16

Spare Tire Size

T125/70D16 Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

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

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA 225

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2950 2888

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.0 16 x 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.0 16 x 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum 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)

100 - TBD -

Engine

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

148 @ 4100 128 @ 4400

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0L/122 1.8L/110

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

155 @ 6000 132 @ 6000

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

33 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

40 32

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

28 25

Transmission

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.89 4.24

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.70

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.59 NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.55 2.85

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.45 1.00

Trans Type

6 4

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.70 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 2.34

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.02 1.55

Summary

Vehicle Name

Mazda Mazda3 Toyota Matrix

Body Style

4 Door Sedan 5 Door Wagon

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - 0.8

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - 0.9

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-link Independent

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

4.5 6.7

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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