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2010 Scion xD 2010 Volkswagen Golf 2010 Mazda MAZDA3
     
5dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Man (GS)
  • 5dr HB Man (SE)
  • 5dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Auto (GS)
  • 5dr HB Auto (SE)
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Auto
  • 4dr HB Auto
  • 2dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI
4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Sport
  • 5dr HB Man s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Sport
  • 5dr HB Auto s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring

Prices

MSRP $15,700 $17,620 $15,345
Invoice $14,915 $16,830 $14,387
Avg. Paid $10,476 $10,807 $9,281

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.0 8.4
Critics' Rating 8.5 9.2 9.5
Performance 7.3 8.7 8.7
Interior 7.6 8.9 8.5
Operating Cost 8.4 8.1 8.0
Safety 8.5 9.0 9.3
Reliability 5.0 2.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Many standard tech features
  • More standard safety features than competitors
  • Good maneuverability
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Well-made interior
  • Comfortable front and rear seats
  • Engaging performance
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Outstanding performance
  • Quality interior
  • Good safety scores
Cons
  • Not as fuel-efficient as competitors
  • Not enough legroom in front and rear seats
  • Limited cargo capacity
  • Below-average reliability
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Divisive smiling front grille
  • Cramped second-row seats

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I5 2.5L/151 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 27 City / 33 Hwy 22 City / 30 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Wagon 2 Door HB 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 96.9 101.5 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 154.7 165.4 180.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.9 70.3 69.1
Height, Overall (in) 60.0 58.3 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2668 2968 2868

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 84.5 93 94.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.3 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 40.3 41.2 42.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 51.9 54.7 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) 51.1 - TBD - 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 38.5 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 33.9 35.5 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 50.7 52.8 54.0
Second Hip Room (in) 50.1 - TBD - 52.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 10.5 11.8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
Equalizer Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Optional Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I5 Gas I4
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.5L/151 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 128 @ 6000 170 @ 5700 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 125 @ 4400 177 @ 4250 135 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 37.0 35.8 ft 17.1

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 27 22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 30 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 11.1 14.5 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/stabilizer bar w/stabilizer bar w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/stabilizer bar w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.