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2014 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2014 Volkswagen Golf Review

Comparison Review


Comfort
The Mazda Mazda3 offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Volkswagen Golf with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mazda Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Golf in the front seats.

Convenience
The Mazda Mazda3 will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Golf, making it more convenient to drive.

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). The Mazda Mazda3 is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf. 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 Volkswagen Golf have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Mazda Mazda3 is about the same width as the Volkswagen Golf. 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 Volkswagen Golf.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Mazda Mazda3 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Golf.

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

Performance
The Mazda Mazda3 has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Golf, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Golf. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Mazda Mazda3 as you will in the Volkswagen Golf.

Warranty
The Mazda Mazda3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Golf.


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2014 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*: $18,945 - $26,495
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2014 Volkswagen
Golf

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MSRP*: $19,995 - $25,200
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Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $750
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.90% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 0.31% --
City MPG: 27 - 29 23 - 30
Highway MPG: 37 - 40 30 - 42
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4, Inline-5
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety Rating: Front
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Safety Rating: Side
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Safety Rating: Rear
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Invoice*: $18,121 - $25,335 $19,195 - $24,192

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