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2009 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Its Competition

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The Hyundai Elantra is a good value in the compact range of cars, and while you might be attracted to its price and warranty, the Elantra is not as refined as the Mazda 3.

However, the Elantra Touring is an extremely versatile and sporty vehicle, rivaling the five-door Mazda 3.

The Honda Civic could be the Mazda 3's closest competitor in terms of quality and on-the-road character.

You may or may not like the Civic's two-tier instrument panel, so try it first.

The Ford Focus is another competent competitor and a likable mainstream product aimed at mainstream shoppers.

Neither its styling nor its handling is as sporty as the Mazda 3's, but the Focus does offer a two-door coupe body style and an attractive, comfortable interior.

The VW GTI is a robust and enjoyable two- or four-door hatchback that feels a bit more mature than the 3, even though it’s about the same size.

Finally, the Civic Si is an alternative to the Mazdaspeed3; it isn’t nearly as fast, but with its high-revving engine, great handling, and excellent tactile experience, it’s a blast to drive.

2009 Mazda MAZDA32009 Mazda MAZDA32009 Volkswagen GTI 2009 Volkswagen GTI2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Focus2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS2008 Hyundai Elantra2004 Honda Civic 2-door Coupe EX Auto Side Exterior View2004 Honda Civic Classic
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The 2009 Mazda 3 is practical, affordable, and well built, with a sporty, fun-to-drive character.
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The 2009 Volkswagen GTI is the most conservative-looking of sporty hatches—and a bit pricey for a dressed-up Rabbit—but it redeems itself with the driving experience.
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The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport2-Door HB Manual2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual GLSClassic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
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4 Door Sedan2 Door HB2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
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