2013 Mazda3 Vs. Volkswagen Golf

The 2013 Mazda 3 vs. the 2013 Volkswagen Golf

The 2013 Mazda3 5-door has distinguished itself as a high-performing hatchback with strong fuel economy and smooth handling. It also carries Mazda’s distinct design style, making it one of the best looking hatches on the market today. Cox Mazda in Bradenton has the 2013 Mazda3 available for test drive near Tampa, but we realize you may be considering other hatchbacks. The 2013 Volkswagen Golf is a long-time veteran in the hatchback class. For drivers who strongly value fuel economy, as well as features, the Mazda3 5-door may be the better choice. Let’s compare the two models.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Both the base level 2013 Mazda3 5-door and the 2013 Volkswagen Golf have an MSRP around $20,000. The Mazda3 Touring is equipped with a 2.0L inline-four engine, while the Golf gets a 2.5L inline-five. The different engine size means that the Mazda3 doesn’t have quite the engine power that the Golf has to offer, though it has more than enough: 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque at 4100RPM.

And where it lacks in power, the Mazda3 Touring makes up in fuel economy. On the highway, the Mazda3 is estimated at getting a fuel economy of 38 mpg. This is compared to the 31mpg that the Golf gets, so you’ll be saving money in the long run by going with Mazda. For drivers interested in power, a comparable 2.5L engine option is available on the Mazda3 Grand Touring.

More Features for Your Money

There are several key features that come standard on the 2013 Mazda3 Touring that are either non-standard or completely unavailable on the base 2013 VW Golf. These include:

  • Automatic climate control
  • A leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • A day/night electrochromic mirror



Test Drive the Mazda3 in Bradenton

Drivers are continually impressed with the handling the Mazda3 provides, as well as its great fuel savings. We invite you to stop by Cox Mazda to take the Mazda3 out for a drive around Bradenton. To set up an appointment, contact Cox Mazda. Our dealership is located at 3101 Cortez Road in Bradenton, Illinois; we’re only a short drive away for Tampa-area drivers by taking I-75 South.