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2021 Hyundai Elantra HEV vs. 2021 Mazda Mazda3 Review

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2021 Hyundai
Elantra HEV

MSRP*: $23,550 to $28,100
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2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $20,650 to $32,600
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Invoice* $22,622 to $26,990 $19,751 to $31,169
MPG - City 49 MPG 23 - 28 MPG
MPG - Hwy 52 MPG 32 - 36 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 14.2 ft3 13.2 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 104 hp 155 - 227 hp
Exterior Length 184.1 in 183.5 in
Exterior Width 71.9 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Head Room Front 38.7 - 40.6 in
Rear 37.3 in
Front 37.6 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.7 - 37.3 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 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
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Hyundai Elantra HEV than the Mazda Mazda3. The Hyundai Elantra HEV will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3.

Convenience
With the Hyundai Elantra HEV you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Mazda Mazda3, due to its larger tank size and better 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Hyundai Elantra HEV will have less of an impact on your bank account than 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 Hyundai Elantra HEV and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Hyundai Elantra HEV is a little wider than the Mazda Mazda3, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Hyundai Elantra HEV takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda Mazda3.

Handling
The Hyundai Elantra HEV has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Mazda Mazda3, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Elantra HEV 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 Hyundai Elantra HEV has much less torque than the Mazda Mazda3, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Hyundai Elantra HEV and the Mazda Mazda3. The Hyundai Elantra HEV has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Mazda Mazda3.

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