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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2011 Mazda Mazda3
     
4dr Manual Sedan
  • 4dr Manual Sedan
  • 4dr Auto Sedan
  • 4dr Manual S Sedan
  • 4dr Auto S Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SE Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SE Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SE w/Convenience Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SE w/Convenience Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SEL Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SE w/Convenience & Sunroof Sedan
  • 4dr Manual TDI LE Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SEL w/Sunroof Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SEL Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SEL w/Sport Pkg Sedan
  • 4dr Manual TDI Sedan
  • 4dr DSG TDI LE Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SEL w/Sunroof Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SEL w/Sport Pkg Sedan
  • 4dr DSG TDI Sedan
  • 4dr Manual TDI w/Nav Sedan
  • 4dr DSG TDI w/Nav Sedan
4dr Sdn Man GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Man GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Auto Ltd (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Auto Ltd (Alabama Plant)
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 $15,365 $14,945 $15,800
Invoice $14,750 $14,536 $14,801
Avg. Paid $9,675 $11,799 $10,797

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.8 8.2 8.6
Critics' Rating 8.0 9.3 9.4
Performance 7.8 8.4 8.7
Interior 8.1 8.8 8.7
Operating Cost 8.1 8.5 8.1
Safety 9.3 10.0 9.0
Reliability 3.0 2.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Comfortable seats
  • Spacious interior with large trunk
  • Great fuel economy with the TDI
  • Good safety scores
  • Great fuel economy
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Class-exclusive available heated rear seats
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Fun to drive
  • Quality interior
  • Good safety scores
Cons
  • Cheaper interior materials versus the previous model year
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Engine could be more powerful
  • 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 I4 2.0L/121 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 24 City / 34 Hwy 28 City / 38 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 104.4 106.3 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 182.2 178.3 180.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 69.9 69.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.2 56.5 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2804 2661 (est) 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
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror 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.) 94.1 95.6 94.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 40.0 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 43.6 42.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.2 55.9 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.5 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.1 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 38.1 33.1 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 54.8 54.0
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.7 52.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.5 14.8 11.8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
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
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 Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/121 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 115 @ 5200 148 @ 6500 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 125 @ 4000 131 @ 4700 135 @ 4500
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 36.4 34.8 34.2

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 38 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 12.8 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front McPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Twist Beam Torsion Axle Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual 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.