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2021 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2021 Nissan LEAF Review

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2021 Mazda

MSRP*: $22,650 to $33,900
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2021 Nissan

MSRP*: $31,670 to $43,970
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Invoice* $21,662 to $32,413 $30,001 to $41,634
MPG - City 23 - 26 MPG 114 - 123 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 34 MPG 94 - 99 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 47.1 ft3 30.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 147-hp, (electric), 214-hp, (electric)
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Automatic
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 186 - 227 hp 147 - 214 hp
Exterior Length 175.6 in 176.4 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 70.5 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Head Room Front 37.5 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.5 - 37.2 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 37.3 in
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

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 Nissan LEAF. The Nissan LEAF will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3.

With the Mazda Mazda3 you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Nissan LEAF, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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 LEAF. 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 will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan LEAF.

The Mazda Mazda3 is about the same width as the Nissan LEAF. When looking at overall length, the Mazda Mazda3 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Nissan LEAF.

The Mazda Mazda3 has about the same turning radius as the Nissan LEAF, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

The Mazda Mazda3 has less horsepower than the Nissan LEAF, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

The Mazda Mazda3 has much less torque than the Nissan LEAF, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda3 and the Nissan LEAF. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Mazda Mazda3 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Nissan LEAF.

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