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2014 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2015 Chevrolet Malibu Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
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.

Convenience
With the Chevrolet Malibu you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Mazda Mazda3, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
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.

Dimensions
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.

Drivetrain
The Mazda Mazda3 has much less torque than the Chevrolet Malibu, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Mazda Mazda3 has a smaller turning radius than the Chevrolet Malibu, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda Mazda3 is significantly less powerful than the Chevrolet Malibu. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
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 significantly less cargo room than the Chevrolet Malibu, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The Mazda Mazda3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Chevrolet Malibu.

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2014 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*: $16,945 - $25,995

2015 Chevrolet
Malibu

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MSRP*: $22,465 - $30,480
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City MPG: 28 - 29 21 - 25
Highway MPG: 39 - 41 30 - 36
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $16,474 - $24,869 $21,679 - $28,804

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