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2021 Ford Mustang vs. 2021 Mazda Mazda3 Review

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2021 Ford
Mustang

MSRP*: $27,205 to $52,400
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2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $22,650 to $33,900
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Invoice* $26,117 to $49,780 $21,662 to $32,413
MPG - City 14 - 21 MPG 23 - 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 22 - 29 MPG 31 - 34 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.5 ft3 47.1 ft3
Engine Inline-4, V-8 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Auto Manual, Manual
Drivetrain Rear-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 330 - 480 hp 186 - 227 hp
Exterior Length 188.3 in 175.6 in
Exterior Width 75.4 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 44.5 in
Rear 30.6 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Head Room Front 37.6 in
Rear 34.8 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** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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 Ford Mustang, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Ford Mustang will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Ford Mustang 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 Ford Mustang 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 Destination Charge for the Ford Mustang is much higher than that for the Mazda Mazda3.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Mustang is much wider than the Mazda Mazda3, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Ford Mustang, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mazda Mazda3.

Handling
The Ford Mustang 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 Ford Mustang 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 Ford Mustang does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Mazda Mazda3.

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

Warranty
The Ford Mustang comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda Mazda3.