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2021 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2022 MINI Hardtop Review

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2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $21,650 to $31,050
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2022 MINI
Hardtop

MSRP*: $22,900 to $32,900
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Invoice* $20,707 to $29,689 $19,000 to $30,470
MPG - City 23 - 26 MPG 25 - 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 35 MPG 34 - 38 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 4 - 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 186-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 227-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 134-hp, 1.5-liter, 3 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 189-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 186 - 227 hp 134 - 228 hp
Exterior Length 175.6 - 183.5 in 152.2 - 159.1 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 68.0 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Front 41.4 in
Rear 30.8 - 32.3 in
Head Room Front 37.5 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.5 - 37.3 in
Front 38.3 - 40.3 in
Rear 36.9 - 37.5 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
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 MINI Hardtop. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3, drivers may find the MINI Hardtop a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mazda Mazda3 as you will with the MINI Hardtop, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Mazda Mazda3 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the MINI Hardtop. 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 Mazda Mazda3 is much higher than that for the MINI Hardtop.

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

Handling
The Mazda Mazda3 has a smaller turning radius than the MINI Hardtop, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Mazda Mazda3 and the MINI Hardtop.

Powertrain
With its lower torque, the Mazda Mazda3 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the MINI Hardtop.

Utility
The Mazda Mazda3 offers greater seating capacity than the MINI Hardtop, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around.