Among Small Cars, There's a Big Difference Between the Mazda3 and Chevy Cruze

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In recent years, the small car class has grown, not in the size of the models but in the number of models on the market, which is both a blessing and a curse for car shoppers. Competition breeds excellence, and that is certainly true of this category of vehicles, but finding the most excellent requires a little digging, which is where we come in.

We want our customers to find that perfect car even if it means that they buy a model that's not a Mazda, but we're also confident that our small car offers like the Mazda3 compare favorably to competitors like the Chevy Cruze, which is why you can find a comparison of the two on our site, and highlights of our research below.

Even before you decide between these models, you'll have to choose which of the two body styles, sedan or hatchback, you want. The sedan options have a lower starting price, but the hatchbacks are a bit more versatile with the cargo area connected to the cabin. With both styles, the Mazda3 has a wider body that gives more shoulder room to each row, so five adults fit more easily in it than in the Chevy Cruze.

Room is one way to make sure passengers feel comfortable, but the Mazda3 goes the extra mile so that you can too. It uses higher quality interior materials than the Chevy Cruze so that everyone feels more at home, and it offers available features like dual-zone climate control, which isn't available in the Chevy Cruze.

Want excitement when hitting the road? The Mazda3 is the clear choice here because both of its engine options pack more horsepower than either of the engines available in the Chevy Cruze. Plus, the Mazda3 uses SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control that makes it handle exceptionally well, so even at speed, the ride is smooth.

Regarding safety, you don’t have to take our word on the advantages of the Mazda3 because you can trust the IIHS, which named the 2018 Mazda3 a 2018 Top Safety Pick while not doing the same for the Chevy Cruze.

These models are both among the leaders of the small car category, but the Mazda3 does enough to make it a clear upgrade over the Chevy Cruze. If you want to experience the quality of the Mazda3 hatchback or sedan in person, swing by Art Hill Mazda today!