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2020 BMW 230 vs. 2021 Mazda Mazda3 Review

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2020 BMW
230

MSRP*: $35,300 to $37,300
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2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $22,650 to $33,900
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Invoice* $33,330 to $35,190 $21,662 to $32,413
MPG - City 21 - 24 MPG 23 - 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 32 MPG 31 - 34 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.8 ft3 47.1 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual, Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 248 hp 186 - 227 hp
Exterior Length 174.7 in 175.6 in
Exterior Width 69.8 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 33.0 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 36.5 in
Front 37.5 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.5 - 37.2 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available *****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda Mazda3 than the BMW 230, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3, the BMW 230 may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
The BMW 230 will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda Mazda3, 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 BMW 230 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 BMW 230 and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The BMW 230 is a little narrower than the Mazda Mazda3, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. When looking at overall length, the BMW 230 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda Mazda3.

Handling
The BMW 230 has a larger turning radius than the Mazda Mazda3, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the BMW 230 has a much more powerful engine than the Mazda Mazda3. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the BMW 230 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Mazda Mazda3.

Utility
The BMW 230 has less seating than the Mazda Mazda3, making the Mazda Mazda3 the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The BMW 230 has significantly less cargo room than the Mazda Mazda3, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the BMW 230 than that of the Mazda Mazda3.