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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#8948 of 9328 Re: 2006Mazda 3 i Touring vs 2006 Hyundai... [luvmbooty]
Aug 10, 2006 (6:23 am)
I agree with luvmbooty that this is an apples/oranges comparison and also that the sonata is a fine auto.
However, 3 important factors need to additionally be weighed if you're comparing cost.
Fuel: The 3 is more fuel efficient.
Warranty: though the sonata has an incredible warranty, it is not fully transferrable, and extended warranties are available for Mazdas at a pretty reasonable cost.
Depreciation: Hyundai autos have horrible depreciation,(Mazda 5 yr depreciation =$10267 v. Hyundai $12558) which can be partially avoided if you plan on hanging on to the sonata for a long while and taking advantage of the long warranty. But if you finance the car, as most folks do, gap insurance is a must, and should be factored into the overall cost (but only if you're financing substantially the full cost of the car).
Incidentally the 5 year TCO on the 2 cars is $0.42/mile for the mazda3 v. 0.49/mi for the sonata.
So, on the mazda3 v. the Hyundai Sonata apples/oranges price matchup, the 3 will be cheaper long run unless you plan on driving the vehicle into the ground and equalizing the hyundai warranty benefit with the depreciation problem while not consuming much fuel.
That said, the sonata's not a bad choice at all. It's a good car and is a better choice than many small cars out there. That 3 just comes out a little ahead on a cost comparison (and on a performance comparison, though that's not analyzed here)
#8949 of 9328 The reason I asked...
Aug 10, 2006 (9:44 am)
...because I like both cars.
I like the 3i's MPGs and definitely an out-the-door price under $20k.
I like Sonata's interior, warranty, and also, either GLS, has an out-the-door price under $20k.
I have a family of 5. Wife, 12, 9, 3 year old kids and I to fit in a car. Over the next 5 years the kids are growing. I'm wondering if the 3 will be big enough.
#8950 of 9328 Re: The reason I asked... [luvmbooty]
Aug 10, 2006 (10:33 am)
family of 5 in the 3-- noway. I've got a wife and carseat kid and the 3 is a little cramped. sonata may even be a little cramped. if possible have everyone sit in there at the same time and imagine everyone's accessories (diaper bags, school bags, etc.) Then imagine if you were carting around luggage too. I recently recommended to a friend who's looking for a family car under 20, a 2 yr old grand marquis or crown vic for the space, decent reliability, comfort, and cheap parts. If you're determined to buy new, there's always the accord and new camry that you can also get into under 20. The sonata redesign is getting a little better reviews than the previous model, but in general, either sonata is a good choice.
While you're considering the koreans, the amanti may be worth a look if you like the styling, as it's been advertised here in the Kansas City area at 18.9k.
I was in a Hyundai Azera a couple days ago, and was very impressed with the styling, comfort, and space. If you look hard enough, you may be able to break the 20k barrier with that too.
Good luck with the fun car buying/looking process. IMHO though, the mazda3 is too small.
#8951 of 9328 Re: 2007 Mazda3's are here! [aviboy97]
Aug 10, 2006 (7:54 pm)
Excellent! I hated the plain red tailights.
#8952 of 9328 Re: window tinting by nextmoon [z71bill]
Aug 11, 2006 (11:06 am)
Thanks to everyone who responded to my question. It's quite surprising to find such a big difference in quoted prices. At least now I'll know if I'm getting the short end of the stick. Now the next step is finding a reputable shop. I'm not too fond of the dealership where I bought my 3.
#8954 of 9328 Re: 2007 Mazda3 news releases [austinman7]
Aug 14, 2006 (6:27 am)
Thanks for the pics. From looking at the pictures, it looks like headlight washers may also have been added too. I didnt see them listed on any press releases, but that's the only reason I know for those rectangular-shaped openings underneath the headlights.
The new stability control and mp3 input makes me almost wish I had waited till 07 instead of getting my 06 a few months ago.
#8955 of 9328 Re: 2007 Mazda3 news releases [austinman7]
Aug 14, 2006 (11:05 am)
What's with the one red lamp only on the left side of the back? I assume it's for rear fogs, but it throws the whole look off. And where's the other reverse light?
#8956 of 9328 Questions... please help!
Aug 14, 2006 (11:52 am)
does the moonroof package with the 6 disc CD play MP3s? There is a 500 dollar option for a 6 disc CD/MP3 player. Is this the same player as the one included in the $895 moonroof package? I'm confused as to what package/options are neccessary to play MP3s in this car. The way I see it (from configuring online), it seems impossible to have the MP3 player and the moonroof togethor. Can someone shed some light on this situation? Also, does anyone have an aftermarket shark fin antennae? How is the quality on this?
- Mike K.
#8957 of 9328 Re: 2007 Mazda3 news releases [austinman7]
Aug 14, 2006 (2:06 pm)
The front grill on the Mazda3 5-door does not look like that. It looks more like the one found on the Mazdaspeed3. I knowe this because there is one on my lot!