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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2021 Mazda Mazda3 Review

New 2021 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

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New 2021 Mazda Mazda3

2021 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*
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$22,140 to $33,370
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$20,500 to $32,450
Invoice* $22,118 to $32,169 $19,609 to $31,026
MPG - City 22 - 29 25 - 28
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 33 - 36
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
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Chevrolet Malibu than the Mazda Mazda3. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Malibu and the Mazda Mazda3 in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Chevrolet Malibu you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Mazda Mazda3, due to its larger tank size and better 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). The Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat more expensive than the Mazda Mazda3. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Malibu and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Malibu is much wider than the Mazda Mazda3, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Chevrolet Malibu, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mazda Mazda3.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Chevrolet Malibu and the Mazda Mazda3 do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has a larger turning radius than the Mazda Mazda3, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Chevrolet Malibu has less horsepower than the Mazda Mazda3, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Mazda Mazda3. The Chevrolet Malibu has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Mazda Mazda3.

Warranty
The Chevrolet Malibu comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda Mazda3.