Compare 2018 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2018 Nissan Sentra

2018 Mazda MAZDA3
2018 Nissan Sentra
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Grand Touring Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring Automatic 27 36 $23,149 $24,195
Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring Manual 25 34 $22,144 $23,145
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Automatic 28 37 $18,321 $19,145
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Manual 28 38 $17,319 $18,095
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Automatic 27 36 $20,230 $21,140
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Manual 25 34 $19,226 $20,090
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NISMO CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sentra NISMO CVT 25 30 $24,495 $25,790
Sentra NISMO Manual 25 31 $24,495 $25,790
Sentra S CVT 29 37 $17,811 $18,275
Sentra S Manual 27 35 $16,562 $16,990
Sentra SL CVT 29 37 $22,267 $23,440
Sentra SR CVT 29 37 $19,481 $20,500
Sentra SR Turbo CVT 27 33 $21,366 $22,490
Sentra SR Turbo Manual 26 32 $21,091 $22,200
Sentra SV CVT 29 37 $18,139 $19,085
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,149
$24,495
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,195
$25,790
Monthly Payment Estimate
$403 / month
$430 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
5.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Mazda 3 adds standard active safety features to an already compelling value. Among compact cars, this is one to consider. The 2018 Nissan Sentra is a compact car that does what it says on the package: it’s roomy, quiet, and relatively affordable.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.3 96
Second Hip Room (in)
53.5 50.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 36.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 50.9
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 37.4
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 39.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 183.6
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 58.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 69.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 15.1
Brakes
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 11.5
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 11
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 34.8
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/45WR18 P215/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/45WR18 P215/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3100 3090
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 18 X 7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 470
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 1.6 L
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
184 @ 5700 188 @ 5600
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
185 @ 3250 177 @ 5200
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 25
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.52
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 -
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.89 3.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.60 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.55 4.01 - 0.55
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 4-Door Nissan Sentra
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.8 6.6
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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