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2014 Mazda Mazda3 2014 Volkswagen Golf
 
4dr Sdn Auto i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 5dr HB Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Sport
  • 5dr HB Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring
4dr HB Auto PZEV
  • 4dr HB Auto PZEV
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav

Prices

MSRP $17,995 $19,995  
Invoice $17,495 $19,195
Avg. Paid $18,287 $19,274

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.8 8.1  
Critics' Rating 9.6 8.4
Performance 9.3 8.0
Interior 7.6 8.6
Safety 9.7 9.7
Reliability 2.5 2.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Nimble handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Long list of available tech features
  • TDI model’s superb fuel economy
  • Upscale interior with comfy seats
  • Nimble handling
 
Cons
  • Limited cargo space in sedan 
  • Base Golf’s low fuel economy

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Regular Unleaded I-5 2.5 L/151
MPG 30 City / 41 Hwy 23 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Hatchback  

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 101.5  
Length, Overall (in) 180.3 165.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 70.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.3 58.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional  

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2848 3102  

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard  
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.3 92.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.6 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.8 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) 53.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.4

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard  

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional  

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard  
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

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

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

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

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-5
Displacement 2.0 L/122 2.5 L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 155 @ 6000 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 150 @ 4000 177 @ 4250
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 34.8 35.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 30 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 41 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut  
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

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