2015 Mazda3 vs. 2015 Mazda6

When you are shopping for a car, you have to ask yourself some important questions. Would you rather have something with sporty performance or great fuel economy? Do you prefer stylish looks, or a functional design? Are you budget-oriented, or willing to spend a little extra to get exactly what you want?

The 2015 Mazda3 and the 2015 Mazda6 are both exceptional vehicles, and each meets the needs of a different type of driver. Below we’ve compared the two models to help you decide which model is right for you.

Both Vehicles at a Glance


2015 Mazda3:

  • Sporty compact sedan, or hatchback, with stylish looks and an accessible MSRP
  • Great fuel economy that reaches as high as 41 mpg highway

2015 Mazda6:

  • Roomy midsized sedan with more personality than is typical for the class
  • Sport-tuned suspension for a surprisingly agile ride

How Much Space Do You Need?

Both of these models feature unique styling and offer a fun driving experience. Where they really differentiate themselves, however, is in terms of space. The compact 2015 Mazda3 offers 96.3 cubic feet of passenger volume and 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. You can get extra cargo space by going with the hatchback, but if you do a lot of traveling or generally need more room to spread out or pack things in, you might prefer a bigger car.

The 2015 Mazda6 also has seating for five but in a larger cabin that offers 99.7 cubic feet of passenger volume with extra space dedicated to head and leg room. The trunk holds 14.8 cu-ft, and thanks to its efficient shape, you can use that space to the fullest.

How Do You Drive?

2015-mazda3If you spend most of your time in the car cruising around Tampa or Bradenton going to work, running errands, and enjoying the sights and sounds, the efficient engine in the 2015 Mazda3 is ideal. It will get you everywhere you need to go, use less gas in the process with up to 41 mpg highway, and still be lots of fun to drive thanks to a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine that delivers 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque.

If you need more power, or you spend a lot of time racking up highway miles, you might prefer the roomy cabin and more powerful engine in the 2015 Mazda6. It’s driven by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that puts out 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. In independent testing, that powertrain jumped to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds. The Mazda3 is sensible, but the Mazda6 is a lot of fun.

Vehicle Price and Features

2015-mazda3-interiorThe 2015 Mazda3 is surprisingly affordable and well-equipped, but you might prefer to pay a little extra and enjoy some of the premium features available in the 2015 Mazda6. The base price for the Mazda3 starts at just $16,945, an exciting number considering how well regarded this model is. The Mazda6 starts at $21,190, which is very competitive for its class.

The Mazda3 comes with appealing technologies like remote keyless entry, push button start, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Mazda6 takes things a step further by offering features like radar-controlled cruise control, an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar control, leather trimmed seats, and a premium Bose stereo with 11 speakers.

Which Vehicle is Right for You?

2015-mazda3You can’t go wrong with either of these vehicles, but unless you want to buy two new cars at the same time, you’re going to have to choose one over the other.

  • Go with the 2015 Mazda3 if you are looking for a low-cost vehicle that can handle all your daily driving needs and look good doing it.
  • Go with the 2015 Mazda6 if you need more power, space, and features and have a slightly higher budget.

Test Drive the Mazda3 or the Mazda6 in Person

To get a clear sense for what makes these models different, you really need to tour both vehicles and see how they feel on the road. Visit Cox Mazda in Bradenton, and let our friendly sales staff help you make the right choice. We are conveniently located at 3101 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton, FL 34207, less than an hour south of Tampa.