Compare 2000 Volkswagen New Beetle vs 2000 Pontiac Firebird

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2-Door Coupe Manual CA/NE GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual CA/NE GL 24 31 $15,151 $15,900
2-Door Coupe Manual GL 24 31 $15,151 $15,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic CA/NE GL 22 28 $16,015 $16,775
2-Door Coupe Automatic GL 22 28 $16,015 $16,775
2-Door Coupe Manual CA/NE GLS 24 31 $15,706 $16,850
2-Door Coupe Manual GLS 24 31 $15,706 $16,850
2-Door Coupe Automatic CA/NE GLS 22 28 $16,570 $17,725
2-Door Coupe Automatic GLS 22 28 $16,570 $17,725
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $16,675 $17,900
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GLS 34 45 $17,539 $18,775
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLS 25 31 $17,691 $19,000
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLS 22 27 $18,555 $19,875
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLX 25 31 $19,608 $21,075
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLX 22 27 $20,472 $21,950
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2-Door Coupe Firebird
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Firebird 19 30 $17,101 $18,690
2-Door Coupe Formula 17 25 $21,841 $23,870
2-Door Convertible Firebird 19 30 $23,158 $25,310
2-Door Coupe Trans Am 17 25 $24,686 $26,980
2-Door Convertible Trans Am 17 25 $28,410 $31,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,151
$17,101
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,900
$18,690
Monthly Payment Estimate
$265 / month
$312 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.8
Second Leg Room (in)
33.0 28.8
Front Head Room (in)
41.3 37.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
84 84.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 45.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 57.4
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 35.2
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.4 55.8
Front Leg Room (in)
39.4 43.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.7 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
98.9 101.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 35.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 74.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.6 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.2 4.5
Length, Overall (in)
161.1 193.4
Height, Overall (in)
59.5 52.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 12.9
Brakes
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x 0.87 11.9 x 1.27
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
9.4 x 0.35 12.0 x 1.02
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16.8
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.8 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.8 40.6
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QEA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
P205/55HR16 T125/70D15
Front Tire Order Code
NA QEA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
N/A 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
N/A NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
N/A 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
N/A NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2769 3323
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 4
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.7 12.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 105
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
122 @ 2600 225 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA L36
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.8L/231
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
115 @ 5200 200 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.75
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.72
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.53
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA MM5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.24 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen New Beetle Pontiac Firebird
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Short/Long Arm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.10
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Salisbury Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion-Beam w/Coil Springs

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