2013 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Its Competition

2013 Mazda Mazda3
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

For those who enjoy driving, the Mazda3 remains at the top of the small-car class—thanks most to its great steering and suspension tuning, but also now to its new fuel-efficient yet responsive powertrains.

We find that the Ford Focus is closest to the Mazda3 in providing driving enjoyment, although the steering in the Focus isn't quite as nicely tuned and weighted.

The Honda Civic has been refreshed quite extensively for 2013, but the 2012 version was a step behind in refinement and features.

At the opposite end of the compact-car market is the Chevrolet Cruze, and it feels more like a large sedan than a nimble small car.

And for those who want a good, full-featured small car without the driving excitement, the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra fit the bill--with the Elantra offering a stronger value for those who factor style and design into their priorities.

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Quick Specs
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.
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the smartest picks for anyone wanting practicality, comfort, and safety in a compact sedan—although it's missing the fun-to-drive edge of some other models.
Whether or not you consider the exciting new ST performance model, the 2013 Ford Focus lineup is evidence that small cars don't have to feel so appliance-like.
The 2013 Honda Civic takes a step back in the right direction with an impressive feature set, a sophisticated new look, and much-improved refinement.
Civic who? Corolla what? The Hyundai Elantra's one of the new standard bearers in the compact class, with 38-mpg fuel economy, better safety, and class-leading standard features.
The 2013 Toyota Corolla fits the transportation needs of those who want a comfortable, safe, and very low-cost vehicle that will be long-term dependable; those who crave any driving excitement should look elsewhere.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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