|2017 Chevy Cruze||2017 Mazda3|
|Turbo., 1.4-L, 4-Cyl.||Engine||2.0-L, 4-Cyl.|
|Six-speed Manual||Transmission||Six-Speed Manual|
|8.4/6.0 (L/100 km)||Fuel Consumption||8.7/6.4 (L/100 km)|
2017 Chevy Cruze vs. 2017 Mazda3
The Chevy Cruze has been among the most popular models in the automaker’s lineup found in the Don Wheaton showroom. With the current production year well underway, it’s time for new competitors to try to challenge the Chevy compact sedan. Examining the 2017 Chevy Cruze vs. 2017 Mazda3 shows the innovative ways Chevrolet is improving its vehicles to stay a step or more ahead of its many rivals. One of the most interesting ways Chevy has helped the Cruze line stay out in front of the competition is the addition of the hatchback version, which is also available at Don Wheaton and covered in a separate piece.
At this price point of the compact sedan class, the 2017 Cruze and 2017 Mazda3 offer all of the usual accessories like power windows and locks, cruise control, air conditioning and Bluetooth connectivity. The 2017 Cruze continues Chevrolet’s trend of making its vehicles the most technology advanced in the entire industry. Cutting edge standard equipment like the high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi mobile hotspot and natural integration for Android and Apple smartphone applications put the 2017 Cruze well ahead of the 2017 Mazda3. From a practical standpoint, the 2017 Chevy Cruze a bit more to offer than the 2017 Mazda3. Of the two compact sedans, the Cruze offers a trunk measuring 14.8 cubic-feet compared to that of the 2017 Mazda3 which comes in at just 12.4 cubic-feet.
Performance of the 2017 Cruze
The 2017 Chevy Cruze offers its customers just one engine option, a turbocharged, 1.4-liter, four-cylinder making 153 horsepower. Base models of the 2017 Mazda3 start its buyers out with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder power plant. Independent reviews have shown that the Mazda3 has the slightest of advantages in horsepower over the 2017 Chevy Cruze. At the end of the day the difference is more than mitigated by the better fuel consumption scores of the Chevy sedan. Also, the new engine on the Chevy Cruze makes quite a bit more torque than that of the Mazda3, which makes acceleration better overall.