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Mazda MAZDA3, Volkswagen Rabbit, Car Comparisons, Hatchback
#50 of 389 Re: C/D comparo [d_hyper]
Nov 07, 2006 (9:20 am)
There's also the little problem of both the Mazda3s Touring and the Rabbit 5-door listing for over C/D's self-imposed price limit of $18k (especially true for the Mazda3s Touring; the Rabbit can be had for under $18k but might not have tested out as well). But I guess that quibble is for another discussion.
Also giving points for something as subjective and personal as styling is pretty lame IMO.
#51 of 389 c/d comparo test
Nov 07, 2006 (11:27 am)
i actually test drove 3 of the cars in the comparison test before purchasing the rabbit.i test drove the elantra,mazda 3,and the sentra.it came down to between the mazda 3 and the rabbit.i felt that while the mazda 3 handled well it had a rougher ride than the rabbit and was much noiser as well.i think that the rabbit has a very good balance of ride comfort to handleing.also,the rabbit just felt much more solid on the road.and vw's 4/50 warranty was iceing on the cake for me so i went with the rabbit.have almost 1,000 miles on it and so far so good with the exceptions of some stereo issues that i am dealing with.
Nov 07, 2006 (11:38 am)
Well, i'm sure that if the mazda had won in the 'gotta have it factor' many mazda loyalists would not have been complaining much. Even though styling is subjective, i don't see the wrong in letting that have a little influence on who wins a comparo. Have you not seen the edmunds civic vs mazda 3 article? Looks was very much so a factor there. That was over the top imo though. But back to the subject on hand its not like the vw one by a drastic amount of points on this article due to 'gotta have it factor' alone, it was a combination of things and even then it barely won.
#53 of 389 Re: Well... [eldaino]
Nov 07, 2006 (11:49 am)
I tried to point out the fact C/D considers Rabbit a sedan (not once, but few times), makes no apologies for it (because there isn't one) and gives more points for luggage space. Where's Mazda3 hatch has 2 cu.ft. more on Rabbit.
I won't renew their C/D subscr. not because MZ3 lost, but because their comparos suck and there's very little substance in it while a lot of pictures instead.
#54 of 389 Re: Well... [d_hyper]
Nov 07, 2006 (11:55 am)
Also, recall that the last time C/D did a comparo like this, back in 2002, they didn't include the Golf then. The Protege won that comparo.
Nov 07, 2006 (12:12 pm)
when did they call it a sedan? I read the article in a bookstore and then again just a few moments ago... also keep in mind that the mazda 3 hatch would have been even more expensive than the rabbit, and perhaps that would have been too big of a price increase for them to justify the added features.
#56 of 389 Re: ? [eldaino]
Nov 07, 2006 (12:24 pm)
You didn't look at the cover, right at the top, where it talked about the six $18,000 sedans they compared?
#57 of 389 Re: ? [backy]
Nov 07, 2006 (1:16 pm)
Well since i read the article about 2 weeks ago at borders, no i don't recall. It must have been smaller print, because i don't think i picked up the magazine to read that article, i just stumbled upon it. Its just that after reading the article i didn't think that the kept pushing the 'sedan' thing. If they said it once on the cover, ok fine but it was made to seem like c/d was saying over and over that it was a sedan comparo.
#58 of 389 Re: ? [eldaino]
Nov 07, 2006 (2:40 pm)
also keep in mind that the mazda 3 hatch would have been even more expensive than the rabbit
The Mazda3 5-door is the same price as the Mazda3 sedan when equipped with the same equipment.