2008 Saturn Astra vs. Its Competition

2008 Saturn Astra
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The class leader is the Honda Civic.

It has sedan and two-door body styles, as well as a hybrid model and a compressed-natural-gas (CNG) version.

The Ford Focus, newly restyled for 2008, has taken a step backward in looks but two steps forward in features with offerings such as the entertainment SYNC controller.

The Mazda3 is the most like the Saturn Astra, with two- and four-door hatchbacks--and it's one of the best-looking, best-handling cars in this class.

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2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Focus
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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport *Ltd Avail*2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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2004 Honda Civic 2-door Coupe EX Auto Side Exterior View2004 Honda Civic Classic
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2008 Saturn Astra has the body styles, the fuel economy and the feel of a winner.
7.2
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From   
$15,875$14,395$13,895$13,010
Gas Mileage   
24 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
CompactCompactCompactCompact
Style Name   
5-Door HB XE2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*Classic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
5 Door Hatchback2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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