Mazda Mazda3 vs. Volkswagen Beetle

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Key Specs

MSRP

Kelley Blue Book
$18,095 - $19,145 (MSRP)
$25,440 (MSRP)

Expert Rating

Expert Rating

Owner Reviews

Owner Reviews

Horsepower

Horsepower
155 hp
174 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L SKYACTIV
2.0L TSI 174 HP DOHC 16V Turbo 4

Interior Features

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Optional

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.2 in.
41.3 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.6 in.
39.3 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.8 in.
31.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional

Standard Seat

Standard Seat

Passengers

Passengers
5
4

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Exterior Features

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/60HR16
P215/55HR17 - P215/60TR16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
100 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.8 ft.
35.4 ft.

Length

Length
180.3 in.
168.8 in.

Width

Width
70.7 in.
71.9 in.

Mechanical Specs

Weight

Weight
2899 - 2967 lbs.
3219 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
155 hp
174 hp

Torque

Torque
150 ft. lbs.
184 ft. lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Optional

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
33 mpg
30 mpg

City

City
28 mpg
26 mpg

Highway

Highway
37 - 38 mpg
33 mpg

Safety Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Optional
Optional

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Tech Specs

Vehicle Name

Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 4-Door
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Body Style

Body Style
Sedan
Convertible

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Classification

EPA Classification
Compact Cars
Subcompact Cars

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Capacity
5
4

Passenger Volume

Passenger Volume
96.3 ft³.
81.4 ft³.

Base Curb Weight

Base Curb Weight
2899 - 2967 lbs.
3219 lbs.

Fuel Economy Est-Combined

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
31 mpg.
29 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
28 mpg.
26 mpg.

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
37 - 38 mpg.
33 mpg.

Engine Type

Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Displacement

Displacement
2.0 L/122
2.0 L/121

Fuel System

Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection
Gasoline Direct Injection

Trans Type

Trans Type
6
6

Trans Description Cont.

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD - Manual w/OD
Automatic w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 - 3.55
4.46

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 - 2.02
2.51

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 - 1.45
1.56

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - 1.03
1.14

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 - 0.84
0.85

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.60 - 0.68
0.67

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 - 3.89
3.19

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.59 - 3.85
3.23

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.6 - 5.7
330

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100
6.1

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Front
Strut
140

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link
Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

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

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

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

Front Tire Size

Front Tire Size
P205/60HR16
Multi-Link

Rear Tire Size

Rear Tire Size
P205/60HR16
P215/55HR17 - P215/60TR16

Spare Tire Size

Spare Tire Size
Compact
P215/55HR17 - P215/60TR16

Front Wheel Size

Front Wheel Size
16 X 6.5 in.
Compact

Rear Wheel Size

Rear Wheel Size
16 X 6.5 in.
16 X 6.5 - 17 X 7 in.

Spare Wheel Size

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in.
16 X 6.5 - 17 X 7 in.

Front Wheel Material

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum - Steel
Compact in.

Rear Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum - Steel
Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material
Steel
Aluminum

Steering Type

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Steel

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.8 ft.
Rack-Pinion

Brake Type

Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc
35.4 ft.

Brake ABS System

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel
4-Wheel Disc

Disc - Front

Disc - Front
Yes
4-Wheel

Disc - Rear

Disc - Rear
Yes
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11 in.
Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.4 in.
11.3 in.

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
13.2 gal.
10 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.6 in.
14.5 gal.

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.2 in.
39.3 in.

Front Shoulder Room

Front Shoulder Room
57.2 in.
41.3 in.

Front Hip Room

Front Hip Room
55.5 in.
55.3 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Second Leg Room

Second Leg Room
35.8 in.
31.4 in.

Second Shoulder Room

Second Shoulder Room
54.4 in.
43.1 in.

Second Hip Room

Second Hip Room
53.5 in.
100 in.

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
168.8 in.

Length, Overall

Length, Overall
180.3 in.
71.9 in.

Width, Max w/o mirrors

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.7 in.
58 in.

Height, Overall

Height, Overall
57.3 in.
62.2 in.

Track Width, Front

Track Width, Front
61.2 in.
61.1 in.

Track Width, Rear

Track Width, Rear
61.4 in.
5.6 in.

Min Ground Clearance

Min Ground Clearance
6.1 in.
Beetle

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
12.4 ft³.
Compact

Model Group

Model Group
Mazda3
Convertible

Vehicle Segment

Vehicle Segment
Compact
2.0

Vehicle Type

Vehicle Type
Sedan
DOHC

Engine Displacement Units

Engine Displacement Units
2.0
iron

Engine Camshaft

Engine Camshaft
DOHC
4

Engine Block Type

Engine Block Type
aluminum
4