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2021 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2021 Toyota Prius Review

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2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $22,650 to $33,900
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2021 Toyota
Prius

MSRP*: $24,525 to $32,650
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Invoice* $21,662 to $32,413 $23,054 to $30,395
MPG - City 23 - 26 MPG 51 - 58 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 34 MPG 47 - 53 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 47.1 ft3 50.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 186 - 227 hp 95 hp
Exterior Length 175.6 in 180.0 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 69.3 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 33.4 in
Head Room Front 37.5 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.5 - 37.2 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.4 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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 Toyota Prius. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3, drivers may find the Toyota Prius a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
With the Toyota Prius 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Mazda Mazda3 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota Prius. 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 Toyota Prius have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Mazda Mazda3 is a little wider than the Toyota Prius, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. The Mazda Mazda3 is slightly shorter than the Toyota Prius, which may make it easier to park.

Handling
The Mazda Mazda3 has about the same turning radius as the Toyota Prius, 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 Toyota Prius. 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 Toyota Prius.

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