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2017 Chevy Cruze vs 2017 Mazda3

At first glance, the 2017 Chevy Cruze and the 2017 Mazda3 have many similarities. For one, they are both often considered great options for those seeking a more spirited driving experience. On top of that, they are both offered in 4-door sedan or hatchback form. But once you dig deeper, it becomes clear which vehicle has an edge over the other.

Let's begin our comparison with the starting MSRP for each model. Both the Cruze and Mazda3 come standard with manual transmissions, something that is rare these days and is sure to delight driving enthusiasts. This explains their low starting MSRP, but the Cruze stands out in this area by having a starting MSRP nearly $1,000 less than the 2017 Mazda3.

That isn't the only area where the 2017 Cruze provides great value over the Mazda3, though. For no additional price, your Cruze will also come with Teen Driver technology, helping you keep track of new drivers in the house, as well as an OnStar Basic plan for 5 years and OnStar Guidance for 3 months at no additional cost. These are things you won’t be finding on the 2017 Mazda3, period.

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2017 Chevy Cruze VS 2017 Mazda3
153 hp, 177 lb.-ft. of torque Standard Engine Specs 155 hp, 150 lb.-ft. of torque
Up to 30 city/40 hwy MPG Up to 28 city/37 hwy
36.1 inches Rear Seat Legroom 35.8 inches
Starting at $16,975 MSRP Starting at $17,845

Differences Between the 2017 Cruze and the 2017 Mazda3

Since both of these models can come with a manual or automatic transmission, they are great options for those who love to drive. Which one provides the best driving experience? The best way to find out is by taking a test drive, but we'll try to answer that question for you here, starting with the standard engine specs.

While horsepower figures between the two standard engines on each vehicle are nearly identical, the Cruze has a clear edge in torque with 177 lb.-ft. Moreover, despite this edge in power, the Cruze also has a significant advantage in maximum fuel economy, offering up to 30 city and 40 highway mpg compared to the Mazda3's 28 city and 37 highway. These efficiency figures get even worse if you opt for the Mazda3's available 2.5-liter engine option. The only way to get the efficiency numbers back to the original 28 city and 37 highway is by adding an optional package onto the MSRP of at least $23,000 (over $24,000 for automatic trasnmission) you'd be facing for such a trim level.

The 2017 Chevy Cruze may be the more appealing choice in this comparison between the 2017 Mazda3 in many key areas, but we don't want you to just take our word for it. Schedule a test drive behind the wheel of the 2017 Cruze today at Parks Chevrolet.

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