Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Passat than the Mazda Mazda3, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3, drivers may find the Volkswagen Passat a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.
With the Volkswagen Passat 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.
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 Volkswagen Passat. 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 Passat have similar Destination Charges.
Since the Mazda Mazda3 is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Passat, 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 Volkswagen Passat.
The Mazda Mazda3 has much less torque than the Volkswagen Passat, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.
The Mazda Mazda3 has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Passat, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda Mazda3 is somewhat more powerful than the Volkswagen Passat.
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Passat. The Mazda Mazda3 has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen Passat, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.
The Mazda Mazda3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Passat.
Compare the 2014 Mazda Mazda3 and the 2014 Volkswagen Passat.
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MSRP*: $16,945 - $25,995
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|Cash Back Rebate:||Visit Rebate Center||Visit Rebate Center|
|Low APR Loan:||As low as 0.90%||As low as 0.00%|
|Lease Incentive:||As low as 0.31%||--|
|City MPG:||28 - 29||20 - 31|
|Highway MPG:||39 - 41||28 - 43|
|Engine(s):||Inline-4||Inline-4, Inline-5, V-6|
|Seating Capacity:||5 - 5||5 - 5|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
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|Invoice*:||$16,464 - $24,859||$19,990 - $32,860|
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