2014 Chevrolet Cruze vs 2014 Mazda Mazda3

Awards
Efficiency
Performance
Safety
Technical
Usability
Pricing
2014 Mazda Mazda3
2014 Chevrolet Cruze
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Awards

Chevrolet has made safety a priority, and it shows: the Chevrolet Cruze has been racking up an impressive list of safety awards. The 2013 Cruze was named "Best Compact Car for Families" by U.S. News, and the 2012 Cruze was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and it earned a coveted 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the NHTSA.1

Selected Edmunds.com visitor vehicle reviews:

I bought this car for my wife. She didn't think that she would like a small car coming away from a Nissan Armada; let me tell you she was wrong, can't her out of it.

The car looks small in stature but interior has good spacing and a large trunk for a small vehicle.
The car handles very firm but is really fun and comfortable. We have owned an Audi A4 1.8 turbo a while back and it handles just like it, very predictable and hugs the road.
The ride is smooth and bumps are effortless.

The electronics inside the car are great for long trips or short work journeys. Let me be the first to admit we were going to opt out on the Mylink and the other, GET THEM YOU WONT REGRET IT!

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Efficiency

If you're focused on fuel savings, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is the clear winner, offering an impressive EPA estimated highway rating of 5 MPGs higher than 2014 Mazda3.

 2014 Chevrolet Cruze  VS 2014 Mazda3    462    EPA Estimated Highway MPG    413  
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Selected Edmunds.com visitor vehicle reviews:

I was first interested in the car for its MPG and it hasn't disappointed me. Not only did I get 47+ on a 600-mile trip to LA and back (freeway, backed-up traffic and mountain passes), but the power is impressive. Set the cruise control at freeways speeds going uphill and it held its speed and didn't downshift (Grapevine or Cajon Pass).
Definitely a sporty feel but it rides very nice and the leather seats are quite comfortable.
Only complaint is MyLink system reset once then quit working another time for no apparent reason then started working again.

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Performance

If you're carrying considerable cargo, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze's increased torque4 can mean the difference between easy going and a sluggish ride.

  2014 Chevrolet Cruze  VS  2014 Mazda3    2642    Torque    1855  
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Safety

Protect your passengers with airbags too, standard on the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze... but not standard on the 2014 Mazda3.

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze's dedication to occupant safety has earned it the NHTSA's coveted 5-star Overall Crash Rating. 6

  2014 Chevrolet Cruze  VS  2014 Mazda3    standard7  Rear Side Airbag-  57    Overall Crash Rating  -

Technical

This ain't your grandpa's diesel engine - the optional diesel-powered engine in the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is cleaner, more efficient and more powerful than ever before.

Enjoy the increased safety, fuel economy, and yes, fun, of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze's optional turbocharged engine.

  2014 Chevrolet Cruze  VS  2014 Mazda3    Diesel, Gas   Engine Types   Gas    has8    Turbocharged  -

Usability

Who wouldn't want more miles between fill-ups? With a 53 miles higher estimated combined tank range, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze will keep you on the road longer than the 2014  Mazda3.

Tired of hunching over the steering wheel? No worries. The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze offers 1 more inches than the 2014  Mazda3 in front head room, making the hunch-back driving pose a thing of the past.

There's no need to scoot the driver's seat all the way back - the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze offers ample front leg room, 1 inches more than the 2014  Mazda3.

No matter what you're stowing, from groceries to gardening gear, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze's increased storage volume9 means you'll have more room for all your stuff, from apples to zinnias, and everything in between.

  2014 Chevrolet Cruze  VS  2014 Mazda3    4952    Estimated Combined Tank Range    4423    397    Front Head Room    383  397Front Leg Room  383  157Storage Volume123

Pricing

The drivetrain in the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is carefully engineered and built to last, and they're willing to back it with a warranty that's 40,000 miles longer than the drivetrain warranty on the 2014 Mazda3.

In the very unlikely event you'll need it, help is just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze's Roadside Assistance, standard for 2 years longer than on the 2014 Mazda3.

The difference in MSRP between the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze and the 2014 Mazda3 may seem significant, until you consider what you're missing when you opt to save that $325: loads of standard features, some for safety and some just for fun. Suddenly, that $325 doesn't seem like much of a "savings" at all, does it?
 
  2014 Chevrolet Cruze  VS  2014 Mazda3 $17,2707MSRP$16,9453    100,0007    Drivertrian Warranty    60,0003  57Roadside Assistance33
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1 - Learn more at http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Best-Cars-for-Families, http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings, and http://www.safercar.gov/Safety+Ratings

2 - 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

3 - 2014 Mazda Mazda3 i SV

4 - 264 lb.-ft. @ 2600 RPM vs. 185 lb.-ft. @ 3250 RPM

5 - 2014 Mazda Mazda3 s Touring

6 - Find more info here: http://www.safercar.gov/Safety+Ratings

7 - 2014 Chevrolet Cruze LS

8 - 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

9 - 15 cubic feet vs. 12 cubic feet