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2020 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2020 Nissan Altima Review

New 2020 Mazda Mazda3

2020 Mazda
Mazda3

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New 2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan
Altima

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MSRP*
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$21,500 to $27,900
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$24,300 to $35,180
Invoice* $20,565 to $26,679 $22,650 to $32,769
MPG - City 25 - 27 25 - 28
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 34 - 39
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 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 Mazda Mazda3 offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Nissan Altima with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3, drivers may find the Nissan Altima a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
With the Nissan Altima 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 Nissan Altima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mazda Mazda3 and the Nissan Altima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda Mazda3 is much slimmer than the Nissan Altima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. 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 Nissan Altima.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Mazda Mazda3 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Nissan Altima.

Handling
The Mazda Mazda3 has a smaller turning radius than the Nissan Altima, 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 Nissan Altima.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda3 and the Nissan Altima. The Mazda Mazda3 has less cargo capacity than the Nissan Altima, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Mazda Mazda3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Nissan Altima.