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2015 Nissan Sentra S CVT Sedan vs 2015 Mazda3 i SV Sedan

Quality and Value Analysis

Comparing the Base MSRP of Mazda3 and Sentra, Sentra is a few hundred dollars cheaper. Even after upgrading to the comparably equipped prices, Sentra holds on to the lowest price. Mazda3 beats out Sentra with it’s ALG Residual Value, which is 3% higher than Sentra’s. The New Mazda3 also has better fuel economy 30city/41hwy, compared to Sentra’s 29city/39hwy. Both vehicles come with a basic 36 month, 36,000 mile warranty and 60 month, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

Performance and Engineering

Mazda3 has way more Zoom Zoom than Sentra. Mazda3’s 2.0-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, DI Engine is larger and more powerful than Sentra’s 1.8-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine. Mazda3 has more horsepower (155@6000 rpm) and torque (150@4000 rpm) than Nissan Sentra’s horsepower of 130@6000 rpm, and torque of 128@3600 rpm. Mazda3 has Front and Rear disc brake system, Sentra has front Disc brake system and rear Drum brake system. Both vehicles have a turning diameter of 34.8.

Safety and Security

Both Nissan Sentra and Mazda3 are safe vehicles. They both got the same rating for Front Passenger Crash Test, Rear Side Crash Test, Overall Side Crash Safety Rating, Overall Side Barrier Crash Safety Rating, Side Pole Crash Safety Rating, and Rollover Safety Rating. Sentra scored higher on the Front Side Crash Test, but Mazda3 Scored higher on Front Driver Crash Test, Overall Rating, and Overall Frontal Crash Safety Rating. Both vehicles come with airbags, but only Mazda3 comes standard with second row head restraints. Mazda3 and Sentra both have Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, Brake Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitor.

Comfort and Convenience

A/c, power windows and door locks come standard in both vehicles. Sentra includes cruise control, and steering wheel mounted controls for audio and cruise control. Both vehicles have tilt / telescoping adjustable steering column, 2 front power outlets, rear window defroster, and external temperature gauge. Only Mazda3 comes standard with floor mats. Both vehicles have mp3 player with auxiliary input audio jack. Folding Side mirrors, vehicle theft deterrent system, Automatic headlights, and remote key access system comes standard on both vehicles. Both vehicles also have 16′ wheels with all season tires. Feel free to visit our Mazda dealer for a great deal today!


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