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2010 Mazda3

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2010 Mazda6

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Mazda3 vs. Mazda6

The zippy Mazda3 has a place on the very short list of small cars that driving enthusiasts can truly love.  It offers sharp styling, sharper handling, and an upscale interior that punches out of its weight class.  But, fully equipped, the 3 can cost nearly $24,000.  And, according to the pricing experts at TrueCar.com, the 3 is Mazda's best-selling car. Dealers won't always negotiate the price of a Mazda3 with you, because they kmow that if they fail to sell it to you, another buyer will certainly be interested soon.

Its larger Mazda6 cousin makes sense.  The 6 is tremendously responsive and fun to drive, even in four-cylinder trim.  It also looks sexy compared to most family cars, and offers more space, too.   But Mazda is having trouble selling the 6, so it is offering dealers up to $2,000 to use in negotiating the price of every 6 -- and the car already starts under $20,000 before any discounts are applied.


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  1. Of course, the true cost of automotive ownership is more than just the purchase price. The cost of insuring a smaller car may or may not be lower than that of mid-sized car, you have to check with your agent and you should probably get quotes from multiple agents from multiple companies.
    Typically, smaller cars have lower rates of depreciation and get better gas mileage than larger mid-sized cars. Looking at the big picture, when one considers the lower rates of depreciation and better gas mileage offered by a smaller car, the savings offered by a smaller car over a mid-sized car make it the better buy.
     
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  2. You can put price on gas/insurance/etc. But what is the price of your comfort? Ask your doctor. You might need the money you saved on gas to pay for your extra chiropractor visits
     
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  3. After driving both the Mazda6 and Mazda3 and figuring out I could get into the similarly equiped 6 for very little more (largely because of 0% financing for 5 years plus a $2500 discount it was a no brainer. That and the 6 is roomier and rides better and gets same gas mileage with same 2.5 liter engine. I'm very happy I bought the 6. Now if I was 20 and didn't have a family, maybe I would have got the 3.
     
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