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2021 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

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2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $22,650 to $33,900
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2021 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class

MSRP*: $47,200 to $49,200
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Invoice* $21,662 to $32,413 $44,368 to $46,248
MPG - City 23 - 26 MPG 23 - 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 34 MPG 32 - 33 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space 47.1 ft3 10.5 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 186 - 227 hp 255 hp
Exterior Length 175.6 in 184.5 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 71.3 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 32.0 in
Head Room Front 37.5 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.5 - 37.2 in
Front 38.8 in
Rear 35.6 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 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
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda Mazda3 than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mazda Mazda3 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Mercedes-Benz C-Class you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Mazda Mazda3, due to its tank size and 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). Based on MSRP, the Mazda Mazda3 is clearly a better financial choice over the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Mazda Mazda3 will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Dimensions
The Mazda Mazda3 is about the same width as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. If you go with the Mazda Mazda3, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Handling
The Mazda Mazda3 has a smaller turning radius than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

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

Powertrain
The Mazda Mazda3 has much less torque than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
The Mazda Mazda3 offers greater seating capacity than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Mazda Mazda3 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Mazda Mazda3 is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.