The 2014 Mazda3 vs. the 2014 Chevy Cruze

The compact car market is one of the most competitive around, and while we know that Sarasota and Bradenton drivers sure have plenty to choose from, we think the 2014 Mazda3 is without a doubt one of the best of the best. Available now at Cox Mazda in Bradenton, the Mazda3 offers versatility, affordability, and a wide range of features.

Being a competitive section of the market means that there are quite a lot of contenders when you look at a car like the Mazda3, and the 2014 Chevy Cruze is trying to compete against some of the best. Does it stand up against Mazda?

Mazda Means Versatility

One of the things we love about the Mazda3 is just how many choices you have available. A vehicle like the Cruze may feel at home in the sedan class, but you can get a sedan or hatchback take on the Mazda3, which already gives it an advantage over competing vehicles.

To keep things fair for the Cruze, we’re going to compare the entry level trims of both sedans, though. The Mazda3 i SV starts at just $16,945 compared to the Chevy’s $17,520, and while you may expect a lower price to mean a lower quality, that simply isn’t true here.

Mazda has Superior Engineering

2014 Mazda3Despite having a lower price point, the Mazda3 also has a better powertrain. We aren’t just talking about power or efficiency here, though; the SKYACTIV powertrain is better overall.

The Mazda3 gets an EPA-estimated 41 mpg on the highway compared to the Cruze’s 36 highway mpg. Even though it’s more efficient, Mazda’s engine is good for 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, compared to Chevy’s 138 hp and 125 lb-ft. That’s the definition of superior engineering.

Test Drive the Mazda3 Today

Before you decide which car is for you, you’ll want to take a test drive. Luckily, if you’re a Sarasota or Bradenton driver, all you’ll have to do is visit Cox Mazda at 3101 Cortez Road W.. We carry the full lineup of Mazda vehicles, including the 2014 Mazda3, and we want to put you in the driver’s seat to see if it’s right for you.