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2021 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2021 Nissan Versa Review

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2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $20,650 to $32,600
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2021 Nissan
Versa

MSRP*: $14,980 to $18,390
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Invoice* $19,751 to $31,169 $14,608 to $17,923
MPG - City 23 - 28 MPG 27 - 32 MPG
MPG - Hwy 32 - 36 MPG 35 - 40 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.2 ft3 14.7 - 15.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Continuously Variable, Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 155 - 227 hp 122 hp
Exterior Length 183.5 in 177.0 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 68.5 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Front 44.5 in
Rear 31.0 in
Head Room Front 37.6 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.7 - 37.3 in
Front 39.5 in
Rear 36.3 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

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 Nissan Versa. The Nissan Versa 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 Mazda Mazda3 as you will with the Nissan Versa, 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 Mazda Mazda3 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Nissan Versa, 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 Mazda Mazda3 will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Versa.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda Mazda3 is much wider than the Nissan Versa, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Mazda Mazda3, which is slightly longer than the Nissan Versa.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda Mazda3 has a much more powerful engine than the Nissan Versa. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Mazda Mazda3 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Nissan Versa.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda3 and the Nissan Versa. The Mazda Mazda3 has less cargo capacity than the Nissan Versa, 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 Versa.