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2020 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra Review

New 2020 Mazda Mazda3

2020 Mazda
Mazda3

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New 2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Nissan
Sentra

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MSRP*
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$21,500 to $27,900
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$19,310 to $21,650
Invoice* $20,565 to $26,679 $18,352 to $20,571
MPG - City 25 - 27 28 - 29
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 37 - 39
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
The Mazda Mazda3 offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Nissan Sentra. The Nissan Sentra 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 Sentra, 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 is somewhat more expensive than the Nissan Sentra. 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 Nissan Sentra have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Mazda Mazda3 is a little narrower than the Nissan Sentra, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. When looking at overall length, the Mazda Mazda3 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Nissan Sentra.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Mazda Mazda3 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Nissan Sentra.

Handling
The Mazda Mazda3 has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Nissan Sentra, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mazda Mazda3 is somewhat more powerful than the Nissan Sentra.

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