Compare 2021 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Mazda MAZDA3
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2021 Mazda MAZDA3
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1.4T TSI Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.4T TSI Automatic 29 36 $23,035 $23,995
Golf 1.4T TSI Manual 29 39 $22,267 $23,195
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $36,235 $37,745
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 23 30 $35,467 $36,945
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 24 32 $28,315 $29,495
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 23 30 $27,547 $28,695
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 24 32 $32,127 $33,465
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 23 30 $31,358 $32,665
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,751
$23,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,650
$23,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
N/A
$400 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive. The 2021 VW Golf TSI compels shoppers for its overall value, but the GTI is a hole in one.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
- Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 93.5
Front Leg Room (in)
- 41.2
Second Head Room (in)
- 38.1
Passenger Capacity
- 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 53.9
Front Head Room (in)
- 38.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
- 35.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
- 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
- 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
- 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
- 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
- 58.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 17.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 53.7
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 10.7
Brake Type
- 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
- Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
- NA
Brake ABS System
- 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
- Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- NA
Rear Tire Size
- P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
- NA
Front Tire Size
- P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
- Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 3012
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
- 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
- Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
- 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- Compact
Rear Wheel Material
- Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
- NA
Displacement
- 1.4 L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
- 147 @ 5000
Engine Type
- Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
- Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 29
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 5.07
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.95
Trans Type
- 8
Drivetrain
- Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Again
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 4.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.97
Trans Order Code
- M8
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.47
Trans Description Cont.
- Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Summary
Vehicle Name
- Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
- Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
- Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
- Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 5.6
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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2021 Mazda MAZDA3
  • 2021 Mazda3 easy to find
  • Lease: From $179 for 36 months
  • Rebates: Up to $1,750 off
  • Finance: From 0.9% APR for 60 months + $500 bonus
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2021 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2021 Golf has hidden discounts
  • Leases: From $329 per month for 39 months
  • Rebates: Up to $1,500 in unadvertised savings
  • Financing: From 0% APR for 60 months
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