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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
2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe S
  • 2dr
  • 2dr S
  • 2dr Cpe John Cooper Works
  • 2dr John Cooper Works
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 Man Mazdaspeed3 Sport
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring

Prices

MSRP $17,995 $19,400 $15,800
Invoice $17,275 $17,460 $14,801
Avg. Paid $10,997 $14,004 $10,797

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 7.6 8.6
Critics' Rating 9.0 8.9 9.3
Performance 8.5 8.7 8.6
Interior 8.7 6.4 8.7
Operating Cost 8.2 8.1 8.2
Safety 9.7 8.7 9.0
Reliability 2.5 2.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Quality interior with comfortable seats
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Refined performance
  • Good cargo space
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Agile handling
  • Powerful engine options
  • Fun to drive
  • Quality interior
  • Good safety scores
Cons
  • Below-average reliability
  • Little cargo space
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Below-average reliability
  • Tight rear seats
  • Small trunk in sedan

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I5 2.5L/151 Gas 4-Cyl 1.6L/98 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 23 City / 33 Hwy 29 City / 37 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 2 Door HB 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.5 97.1 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 165.4 146.6 180.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 66.3 69.1
Height, Overall (in) 58.3 55.4 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2968 2535 2859

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Optional
HID headlights Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Optional Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.0 - TBD - 94.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.8 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.7 42.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 50.3 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.6 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 27.9 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 44.7 54.0
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 52.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46.0 24.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 11.8

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Optional
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Optional Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional 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 Standard

Safety Features

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

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Displacement 2.5L/151 1.6L/98 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 5700 121 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 177 @ 4250 114 @ 4250 135 @ 4500
Transmission Manual Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.8 ft 35.1 34.2

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 29 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 37 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard