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2013 Volkswagen Golf

2013 Mazda MAZDA3

  2013 Volkswagen Golf 4-door HB Auto PZEV Angular Front Exterior View 2013 Mazda Mazda3
Invoice $17,371 $16,229
23/42 18/40
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Bottom Line The 2013 Volkswagen Golf masterfully balances frisky performance, fuel-efficiency, and refinement in its GTI and even TDI editions, but as such it's priced as a premium model. Read Full Review The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient. Read Full Review
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  • Premium interior feel
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent electric power steering
  • Strong, economical TDI engine
  • GTI's fuel-efficient performance


  • A look that might be too familiar
  • Thirsty base engine
  • Tight backseat access (3-doors)
  • Premium pricing


  • Assertive handling
  • Great steering feel
  • Cockpit-like interior design
  • Disc brakes on all models
  • Refined powertrains


  • Base and s still have mediocre gas mileage
  • Road noise
  • Moonroof cuts out headroom
  • Up-close look of materials and finishes
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