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2013 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 vs. 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Review

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Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 than the Volkswagen Beetle. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 and the Volkswagen Beetle in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Beetle you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Mazda MAZDASPEED3, due to its tank size and 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). Whether you pick the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 or the Volkswagen Beetle, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 and the Volkswagen Beetle have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Beetle, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. 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 Volkswagen Beetle.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Beetle.

Handling
The Mazda MAZDASPEED3 has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Beetle, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 has a much more powerful engine than the Volkswagen Beetle. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
The Mazda MAZDASPEED3 offers greater seating capacity than the Volkswagen Beetle, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Mazda MAZDASPEED3 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Volkswagen Beetle.

Warranty
The Mazda MAZDASPEED3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Beetle.

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2013 Mazda
MAZDASPEED3

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MSRP*: $24,200
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2014 Volkswagen
Beetle

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MSRP*: $19,995 - $29,995
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Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $250
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 18 22 - 28
Highway MPG: 25 31 - 41
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4, Inline-5
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 4 - 4
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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Invoice*: $23,143 $19,195 - $28,795

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