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2013 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 vs. 2013 smart fortwo electric drive Review

Comparison Review


Comfort
As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 and the smart fortwo electric drive in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 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.

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 MAZDASPEED3 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 MAZDASPEED3 will cost more in transportation costs than the smart fortwo electric drive.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 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 MAZDASPEED3, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the smart fortwo electric drive.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the smart fortwo electric drive.

Handling
The Mazda MAZDASPEED3 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.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 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.

Utility
People who frequently chauffeur around a lot of people will appreciate the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 more than the smart fortwo electric drive, due to its significantly greater seating capacity. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the smart fortwo electric drive.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 is not as nearly as extensive as that of the smart fortwo electric drive.

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2013 Mazda
MAZDASPEED3

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MSRP*: $24,200
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2013 smart
fortwo electric drive

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MSRP*: $25,000
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City MPG: 18 122
Highway MPG: 25 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 74-hp, (electric)
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 2 - 2
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Invoice*: $23,143 $23,250

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