The Volkswagen Golf is a very good compact car, but is only available as a hatchback and can get pricey in upper trims.
Still we like the Golf's smart interior and clean lines and would consider it to be a good value next to the Mazda 3.
Ford's Focus has been around for a while, and can be opulently trimmed with leather seats and an upgraded infotainment.
The Focus isn't as fun to drive as the Mazda 3, but it's no slouch either.
The Honda Civic was our Best Coupe to Buy for 2017 and its fuel economy and turbo engine are tough to beat.
The new Hyundai Elantra could rival the Mazda 3 in terms of value, but it's relatively dullsville to drive outside of the sport model.
The new Subaru Impreza hasn't yet arrived, but we'll update this space once it does.
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|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||N/A||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||N/A||Compact Cars|
|Sport Manual||S Sedan||LX Manual||SE 2.0L Manual (Ulsan)||N/A||1.8T 4-Door S Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||N/A||Manual w/OD|
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