Midsize Cars Cheaper Than Their Small Cousins Page 3

August 27, 2010
2010 Mazda3

2010 Mazda3

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2010 Mazda6

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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