Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Mazda Mazda3 than in the Chevrolet Malibu, due to the Mazda Mazda3's smaller rear head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3, drivers may find the Chevrolet Malibu a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mazda Mazda3 as you will with the Chevrolet Malibu, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Mazda Mazda3 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Chevrolet Malibu. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mazda Mazda3 and the Chevrolet Malibu have similar Destination Charges.
Since the Mazda Mazda3 is much slimmer than the Chevrolet Malibu, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Mazda Mazda3, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Chevrolet Malibu.
With its lower torque, the Mazda Mazda3 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Chevrolet Malibu.
The Mazda Mazda3 has a smaller turning radius than the Chevrolet Malibu, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.
The Mazda Mazda3 has less horsepower than the Chevrolet Malibu, so it will probably be somewhat slower.
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda3 and the Chevrolet Malibu. The Mazda Mazda3 has less cargo capacity than the Chevrolet Malibu, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.
The Mazda Mazda3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Chevrolet Malibu.
Compare the 2014 Mazda Mazda3 and the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.
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MSRP*: $16,945 - $25,995
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MSRP*: $22,140 - $29,850
|Cash Back Rebate:||Visit Rebate Center||Up to $500|
|Low APR Loan:||--||As low as 2.90%|
|Lease Incentive:||As low as 2.30%||--|
|City MPG:||28 - 29||21 - 25|
|Highway MPG:||39 - 41||30 - 36|
|Seating Capacity:||5 - 5||5 - 5|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Invoice*:||$16,464 - $24,859||$21,365 - $28,208|
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