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2014 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2015 Nissan Altima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Mazda Mazda3 offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Nissan Altima with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Nissan Altima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mazda Mazda3 as you will with the Nissan Altima, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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 Nissan Altima. 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 Nissan Altima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Mazda Mazda3 is a little narrower than the Nissan Altima, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. 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 Nissan Altima.

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

Handling
The Mazda Mazda3 has a smaller turning radius than the Nissan Altima, 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 Nissan Altima. 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 Nissan Altima. The Mazda Mazda3 has significantly less cargo room than the Nissan Altima, 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 Nissan Altima.

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2014 Mazda
Mazda3

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

2015 Nissan
Altima

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MSRP*: $22,300 - $31,950
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $750 Up to $750
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: As low as 0.10% --
City MPG: 28 - 29 22 - 27
Highway MPG: 39 - 41 32 - 38
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
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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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $16,474 - $24,869 $20,867 - $29,531

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