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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Its Competition

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The 2010 Mazda3 has plenty of competition, but the editors from chose these based on size, refinement, and sportiness.

Ford’s Focus is a solid choice but doesn’t offer the refinement of the Mazda3 or the availability of high-end options.

It beats the Mazda3 in fuel economy and for the convenience of a Ford dealer in every town.

The Honda Civic is likely to be the most cross-shopped with the Mazda3, and if you want a coupe, it will win out, as Mazda doesn’t offer one.

The Toyota Corolla was all-new for 2009, and while it is available in a sporty XRS package, it doesn’t compare to the Mazda3 in styling or driving fun.

If price and warranty are your primary concerns, the Hyundai Elantra continues to evolve into an attractive alternative, though it's less entertaining to drive.

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The 2010 Mazda3 engages drivers like few other compact cars, though a little more room and less noise couldn't hurt.
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If you've got around $15,000 to spend, the 2010 Ford Focus is a great choice, especially if you are prioritizing safety or comfort.
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The 2010 Hyundai Elantra remains a perfectly competent and spacious—if slightly boring—sedan, while the Touring wagon gets a more exciting personality.
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The 2010 Nissan Sentra looks plain on the outside and is only offered in one body style, but there's a lot to love for shoppers who value a comfortable, well-appointed interior.
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The 2010 Toyota Corolla has two different personalities: a bare-basic entry-level model and the sporty—but pricey—Corolla XRS.
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21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
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