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2020 Lexus RC 300 vs. 2021 Mazda Mazda3 Review

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2020 Lexus
RC 300

MSRP*: $41,295 to $48,540
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Picture of the 2021 Mazda Mazda3

2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $21,650 to $31,050
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Invoice* $38,405 to $45,142 $20,707 to $29,689
MPG - City 18 - 21 MPG 23 - 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 MPG 31 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 241-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 260-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 186-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 227-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T, 8-Speed A/T 6-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 241 - 260 hp 186 - 227 hp
Exterior Length 185.0 in 175.6 - 183.5 in
Exterior Width 72.4 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 45.4 in
Rear 27.3 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Head Room Front 39.0 in
Rear 34.8 in
Front 37.5 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.5 - 37.3 in
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 Lexus RC 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Lexus RC 300 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 Lexus RC 300 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 Lexus RC 300 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 Lexus RC 300 and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus RC 300 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 Lexus RC 300, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mazda Mazda3.

Handling
The Lexus RC 300 has about the same turning radius as the Mazda Mazda3, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus RC 300 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
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Lexus RC 300 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Mazda Mazda3.

Utility
The Lexus RC 300 has less seating than the Mazda Mazda3, making the Mazda Mazda3 the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Lexus RC 300 than that of the Mazda Mazda3.