Compare 2009 MINI Cooper vs 2008 Mazda MAZDA3

2009 MINI Cooper
2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 28 37 $16,695 $18,550
2-Door Coupe S 26 34 $19,755 $21,950
2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 26 34 $25,695 $28,550
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,022 $13,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 23 31 $13,861 $14,795
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring *Ltd Avail 24 32 $15,222 $16,255
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic * i Touring *Ltd Avail 23 31 $16,061 $17,155
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,322 $17,435
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,695
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,550
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$309 / month
$232 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 MINI Cooper is a practical, fuel-efficient small vehicle with the soul of a sports car and a look like no other. The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
29.9 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
50.3 54.9
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
44.7 54.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 94.3
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.3 69.1
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.8
Length, Overall (in)
145.6 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
55.4 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
97.1 103.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
24.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
5.7 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x 0.87 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x 0.39 10.4 x - TBD -
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)
10.6 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 34.1
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P175/65R15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P175/65R15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2546 2780
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
4.4 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
1.6L/97.5 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
118 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
EFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
114 @ 4250 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 32
Transmission
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.14 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79 1.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.35 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.21 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.31
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Hardtop Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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