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Chevy Cruze 2014 Vs Mazda 3 2014

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Chevy Cruze 2014 Vs Mazda 3 2014

Which is better choice to buy

Chevy Cruze 2014 or Mazda 3 2014

Mazda is great 20km/lt... Chevy is equally good. Chevy looks bigger and better design.

Any suggestions
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You should probably preface your post with a bit of detail on what you like/are looking for in a car.

The Cruze has more rear passenger legroom, but less utility due to the lack of hatch. The Mazda has superior fuel economy, acceleration and driving dynamics. For its 2015 re-design, the Chevy is also adopting a similar wndow rake as the Civic, so if you do not like that kind of design you may want to avoid it.

In general, the Mazda has better utility, fuel economy and is more of a driver's car. The Chevrolet appears to be a more comfortable cruisers. I would suggest test driving both vehicles in the trim you are looking at and deciding afterwards.
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unshavenyak wrote:
Oct 29th, 2013 11:35 am
You should probably preface your post with a bit of detail on what you like/are looking for in a car.

The Cruze has more rear passenger legroom, but less utility due to the hatch. The Mazda has superior fuel economy, acceleration and driving dynamics. For it's 2014 re-design, the Chevy is also adopting a similar wndow rake as the Civic, so if you do not like that kind of design you may want to avoid it.
Cruze is not a hatchback? And doesn't a hatchback offer more utility anyway?
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unshavenyak wrote:
Oct 29th, 2013 11:35 am
You should probably preface your post with a bit of detail on what you like/are looking for in a car.

The Cruze has more rear passenger legroom, but less utility due to the hatch. The Mazda has superior fuel economy, acceleration and driving dynamics. For it's 2014 re-design, the Chevy is also adopting a similar wndow rake as the Civic, so if you do not like that kind of design you may want to avoid it.

In general, the Mazda has better utility, fuel economy and is more of a driver's car. The Chevrolet appears to be a more comfortable cruisers. I would suggest test driving both vehicles in the trim you are looking at and deciding afterwards.
Chevy Cruze redesign for 2014?
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We have a 2012 cruze. It has been reliable with no issues other than scheduled recalls. Once you drive the other cars in this segment, it becomes clear why the cruze is the preferred choice. Everything else drives like a noisy tin can.

The 2011 Mazda with the old engine came close to the cruse for road manners and handling. But the interior sucked big time. My guess is the 2014 is improved. The new engines may also have improved the car hopefully, because the old 2.0 was a gutless wonder.
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sandikosh wrote:
Oct 29th, 2013 1:12 pm
Chevy Cruze redesign for 2014?
2015 model coming out next fall probably
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mr_raider wrote:
Oct 29th, 2013 1:14 pm
We have a 2012 cruze. It has been reliable with no issues other than scheduled recalls. Once you drive the other cars in this segment, it becomes clear why the cruze is the preferred choice. Everything else drives like a noisy tin can.

The 2011 Mazda with the old engine came close to the cruse for road manners and handling. But the interior sucked big time. My guess is the 2014 is improved. The new engines may also have improved the car hopefully, because the old 2.0 was a gutless wonder.
Your post is far, far outdated... The new Mazda 3 2.0 engine is the SkyACTIV variant with a 4-2-1 exhaust manifold, making it more powerful than the 2.0 SkyACTIV engine without it due to its flatter power curve. The 2.0L engine in the 2011 Mazda 3 is indeed a gutless wonder, just like the Toyota Corolla.

How is the Cruze when it comes to comfort and fuel economy? If I remember correctly, it's super heavy and has a hard time achieving the US EPA ratings, unlike the Mazda 3 SkyACTIV engines. And isn't the Cruze like 500 lbs heavier than the Mazda 3? How's the ride?
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Mazda3 has more finess and class.. Chevy is well a Chevy.
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mr_raider wrote:
Oct 29th, 2013 1:14 pm
We have a 2012 cruze. It has been reliable with no issues other than scheduled recalls. Once you drive the other cars in this segment, it becomes clear why the cruze is the preferred choice. Everything else drives like a noisy tin can.

The 2011 Mazda with the old engine came close to the cruse for road manners and handling. But the interior sucked big time. My guess is the 2014 is improved.
The interior? Not so much. The design is better (I didn't the old design was bad anyway) but the materials still look pretty chintzy IMO.
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eddymurphy wrote:
Oct 29th, 2013 11:11 am
Which is better choice to buy

Chevy Cruze 2014 or Mazda 3 2014

Mazda is great 20km/lt... Chevy is equally good. Chevy looks bigger and better design.

Any suggestions
Quite simply, the one that makes you feel best when you test drive them the way you normally drive.
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Saw the 2014 mazda3 on the streets ... Must say it was quite ugly ... I don't know the interior but you gotta be careful with mazda ... You know ... The rust issue ...
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eddymurphy wrote:
Oct 29th, 2013 11:11 am
Which is better choice to buy

Chevy Cruze 2014 or Mazda 3 2014

Mazda is great 20km/lt... Chevy is equally good. Chevy looks bigger and better design.

Any suggestions
20km/L ??? Seems a bit optimistic. Prolly get that with just highway driving.
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ed116 wrote:
Oct 29th, 2013 3:27 pm
you gotta be careful with mazda ... You know ... The rust issue ...
For sure. I've probably said this in every MY14 Mazda3 thread but I would wait for the Mexican made ones before buying. Really don't trust the ones coming from Hofu, given the track record.
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ed116 wrote:
Oct 29th, 2013 3:27 pm
Saw the 2014 mazda3 on the streets ... Must say it was quite ugly ... I don't know the interior but you gotta be careful with mazda ... You know ... The rust issue ...
I was thinking the same, looks like a big ant with 4 tires
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Gammatron wrote:
Oct 29th, 2013 2:13 pm
Mazda3 has more finess and class.. Chevy is well a Chevy.
Class? Mazda 3 really? This is bottom of the barrel
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