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2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid vs. 2021 Mazda Mazda3 Review

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2021 Hyundai
Sonata Hybrid

MSRP*: $27,750 to $35,300
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2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $20,650 to $32,600
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Invoice* $26,460 to $33,655 $19,751 to $31,169
MPG - City 45 - 50 MPG 23 - 28 MPG
MPG - Hwy 51 - 54 MPG 32 - 36 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 16.0 ft3 13.2 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 150 hp 155 - 227 hp
Exterior Length 192.9 in 183.5 in
Exterior Width 73.2 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 46.1 in
Rear 34.8 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Head Room Front 40.0 in
Rear 37.8 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
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Mazda Mazda3 with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3.

Convenience
With the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 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). The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is somewhat more expensive 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 Sonata Hybrid and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is much wider than the Mazda Mazda3, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which is slightly longer than the Mazda Mazda3.

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

Performance
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has less horsepower than the Mazda Mazda3, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 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 Sonata Hybrid and the Mazda Mazda3. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 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 Sonata Hybrid than that of the Mazda Mazda3.