Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3, drivers may find the smart fortwo electric drive a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.
With the Mazda Mazda3 you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the smart fortwo electric drive, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.
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 smart fortwo electric drive. 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 will cost more in transportation costs than the smart fortwo electric drive.
Since the Mazda Mazda3 is much wider than the smart fortwo electric drive, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Mazda Mazda3, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the smart fortwo electric drive.
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Mazda Mazda3 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the smart fortwo electric drive.
The Mazda Mazda3 has a significantly larger turning radius than the smart fortwo electric drive, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda Mazda3 has a much more powerful engine than the smart fortwo electric drive. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.
People who frequently chauffeur around a lot of people will appreciate the Mazda Mazda3 more than the smart fortwo electric drive, due to its significantly greater seating capacity. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Mazda Mazda3 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the smart fortwo electric drive.
The basic warranty of the Mazda Mazda3 is not as nearly as extensive as that of the smart fortwo electric drive.
Compare the 2014 Mazda Mazda3 and the 2013 smart fortwo electric drive.
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MSRP*: $18,945 - $26,495
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|Lease Incentive:||As low as 2.30%||--|
|City MPG:||27 - 29||122|
|Highway MPG:||37 - 40||--|
|Seating Capacity:||5 - 5||2 - 2|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Invoice*:||$18,121 - $25,335||$23,250|
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