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2021 Chevrolet Spark vs. 2021 Mazda Mazda3 Review

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2021 Chevrolet
Spark

MSRP*: $13,600 to $18,100
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2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $22,650 to $33,900
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Invoice* $13,178 to $17,539 $21,662 to $32,413
MPG - City 29 - 30 MPG 23 - 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 37 - 38 MPG 31 - 34 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 27.2 ft3 47.1 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Continuously Variable, Manual Auto Manual, Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 98 hp 186 - 227 hp
Exterior Length 143.1 in 175.6 in
Exterior Width 62.8 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 33.0 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Head Room Front 39.0 in
Rear 37.0 in
Front 37.5 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.5 - 37.2 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 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 Chevrolet Spark, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Spark and the Mazda Mazda3 in the front seats.

Convenience
The Mazda Mazda3 requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Chevrolet Spark, 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). Based on MSRP, the Chevrolet Spark is clearly a better financial choice over the Mazda Mazda3. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Spark and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Spark is much slimmer than the Mazda Mazda3, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Chevrolet Spark, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Mazda Mazda3.

Handling
The Chevrolet Spark has a smaller turning radius than the Mazda Mazda3, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

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

Powertrain
The Chevrolet Spark has much less torque than the Mazda Mazda3, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

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

Warranty
The Chevrolet Spark comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda Mazda3.