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2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in vs. 2014 Mazda Mazda3 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Toyota Prius Plug-in offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Mazda Mazda3 with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3, the Toyota Prius Plug-in may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Toyota Prius Plug-in as you will with the Mazda Mazda3, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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 Toyota Prius Plug-in will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Mazda Mazda3, which has a much lower MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Toyota Prius Plug-in and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Toyota Prius Plug-in is much slimmer than the Mazda Mazda3, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When looking at overall length, the Toyota Prius Plug-in takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda Mazda3.

Drivetrain
The Toyota Prius Plug-in has much less torque than the Mazda Mazda3, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Toyota Prius Plug-in has about the same turning radius as the Mazda Mazda3, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Toyota Prius Plug-in is significantly less powerful than the Mazda Mazda3. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Toyota Prius Plug-in and the Mazda Mazda3.

Warranty
The Toyota Prius Plug-in comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda Mazda3.

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2015 Toyota
Prius Plug-in

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MSRP*: $29,990 - $34,905

2014 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*: $18,945 - $26,495
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Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 0.12%
City MPG: 51
Top 10 Fuel Efficient
27 - 29
Highway MPG: 49 37 - 40
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $28,791 - $33,509 $18,131 - $25,345

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