2017 Hyundai Veloster vs Mazda 3 5-door

In some ways it’s pretty hard to compare the 2017 Hyundai Veloster with any other car. After all, if you are going to try and find another model with one door on the driver’s side and two on the passenger side, you’re pretty much wasting your time. But if we ignore the unique door configuration for a moment, the Mazda 3 5-door is a sporty car of a similar size, so let’s see how these two will measure up against each other.

2017 Hyundai Veloster vs Mazda 3 5-door

Exterior Styling

It’s hard to properly categorize the 2017 Hyundai Veloster, but it’s probably fair to think of it as a compact sports coupe, albeit one with a quite unique door arrangement. The roofline, profile, and innovative layout are enough on their own without having to resort to additional exterior trim and adornments, so Hyundai has stayed away from bling and produced a very attractive car.

The 5-door probably isn’t the most attractive version of the Mazda 3, but that’s not necessarily a criticism since all versions of the little Mazda are really great-looking cars. It’s hard to side with any small car’s styling over the Mazda 3, but there’s just something about the three-door format and coupe styling that does give the Veloster a slight edge here.

Interior

The Veloster is a four-seat model, but cars of this size are rarely used for carrying a full complement of passengers on a regular basis so the way the rear seats can be folded for more cargo space is really useful. Access through that extra passenger door also makes life easier. There are lots of bins, cubbies, and nooks for stowing away smaller items too, and the overall quality is excellent for a car at this price.

Noise used to be an issue inside the Mazda 3, but the latest models have taken care of this. Even though it’s a little bigger than the Hyundai, it’s not exactly cavernous and there’s obviously been some cost-cutting with a mix of materials and plastics. The better quality of the Veloster gives Hyundai a win here then.

Features

You get a lot of standard features for your money with the Veloster. Even entry models come standard with features that include power features, an AM/FM/XM/CD audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB port, a rearview camera, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, air conditioning and 17-inch wheels.

The Mazda isn’t exactly sparse either when it comes to standard kit. All models include: air conditioning, power doors and windows, Bluetooth connectivity, a keyless ignition, a rearview camera, steering-wheel mounted stereo controls, internet radio streaming, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen for its infotainment controls. However, smaller 16-inch wheels hand another win to the Veloster.

Fuel Economy

You’d probably expect good fuel economy from a car the size of the Veloster, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Non-turbo models with the dual-clutch transmission get EPA ratings of 28 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.

With its 2.0-liter inline-four and automatic transmission combination, the Mazda 3 5-door manages numbers as good as 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined, and that’s enough to give the victory to the Mazda.

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The Mazda 3 looks great on the outside, but it’s a bit of a letdown when you get inside. There’s less room than you might expect, the materials are a real mix of quality, the infotainment system is a little dated, and the price can get a little steep. In contrast, the 2017 Hyundai Veloster offers sports car design and fun in a cohesive and unique design, with a good dose of practicality to make the driving experience as good as possible. The impressive Blue Link system is now standard, and the R-Spec Turbo really is a lot of fun to drive. The Mazda is good, but the Hyundai is better.

2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Mazda 6

Beyond the usual suspects of the midsize sedan segment, a rich vein of outstanding models are too often overlooked. Two examples of these, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata and the Mazda 6, offer quality and style along with a pricetag that buyers will love. Let’s take a look at how they compare.

2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Mazda 6

Styling: Mazda 6

Today’s Sonata is a long way from even the previous generation–it’s now a lot more modest, serious, and de-chromed than ever. If it wasn’t for the badge on the hood, the Sonata could easily be taken for a luxury model from the outside.

Everything is just right about the exterior styling of the Mazda 6. Muscular front fenders, a sloping roofline that’s not too extreme, and a reshaped grille all adds up to one of the best-looking sedans in this or any other segment. The Hyundai is an attractive sedan, but the Mazda 6 has the edge on the Hyundai and just about everyone else.

Interior Comfort: Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo because although it’s marketed as a midsize, it’s actually classified as a large sedan. You’ll find plenty of room in the front and the back, lots of cubbies and storage spaces, and the trunk is large at more than 16 cu.-ft. An abundance of sound deadening also adds to the luxurious feel of the rejuvenated Hyundai.

The interior of the Mazda 6 has been improved over the years, and offers a decent amount of space inside. The sloping roofline does restrict rear head room for those of six foot and above. The quality of the materials and fit is on a par with the Hyundai, but the Sonata steals the victory with more leg room and a bigger trunk.

Engines and Performance: Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai offers three different four-cylinder engines for the Sonata: a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, a turbocharged 2.0-liter, and an economical 1.6-liter turbo. The standard engine develops 185 horsepower, while the 2.0T ups the power ante with an impressive 245 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. All units come mated to a six-speed transmission with Shiftronic manual controls, and all versions of the Sonata are strictly front-wheel drive.

The Mazda 6 drives and handles extremely well, and car lovers will embrace the fact that a stick shift is available beyond just the base model. However, with just one engine option rated as modestly as 184 horsepower, this round is a clear win for the Sonata.

Fuel Economy: Hyundai Sonata

Despite being a relatively large car, the Hyundai is pretty impressive when it comes to fuel economy. The best ratings come from the 1.6-liter turbo, which gets 28 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.

With the six-speed manual transmission, the Mazda 6 is capable of delivering fuel economy as good as 26 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined. However, since most people will opt for the automatic, which gets a combined rating of 30mpg. It’s a slight edge, but that edge belongs to the Hyundai Sonata.

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The choice here basically comes down to which style of sedan you prefer. If you like sleek and sporty, then the Mazda is the way to go, but if you want presence, gravitas and a luxury feel without a luxury price ticket, the Sonata is what you need. As the prices are almost identical we could easily declare this contest a tie, but the extra power offered by the 2017 Hyundai Sonata just gives it the advantage over the Mazda 6.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek vs Mazda CX-5

The 2016 Subaru Crosstrek and the Mazda CX-5 are two of the industry’s top compact crossover SUVs. These models are popular for their peppy powertrains and expansive interior space. We like their high-tech safety and tech features. If you’re wondering which model should be in your driveway, check out our side-by-side comparison guide, where we go over some of these crossovers’ best features.

2016 Crosstrek vs Mazda CX-5

Safety

We’re impressed with the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek’s crash scores. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The Insurance institute for Highway Safety gave the Crosstrek its top score of “Good.” You’ll also love its high-tech gear. Subaru’s EyeSight safety package includes vigilance-enhancing systems like forward collision mitigation with automatic braking.

The Mazda CX-5 isn’t far behind, earning four out of five stars overall in government crash tests. Like the Crosstrek, its standard items – including antilock brakes and stability and traction control – help you safely navigate difficult road conditions. A variety of airbags mitigates damages during a collision.

Power and Performance

This race was almost too close to call, but the Mazda CX-5 has a slight lead. With its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, it makes 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. The engine earns an impressive 26 city/33 highway mpg. It works in conjunction with a six-speed automatic transmission for a smooth, quiet ride.

The Subaru Crosstrek derives it power from a sporty 2.0-liter horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder engine. It generates 148 horses and 145 pound-feet of torque to get you up to speed in a snap. It also saves you plenty of money at the pump, earning up to 26/34 mpg.

Interior Luxury

Here we like the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, which boasts intuitive interior design and high-quality materials. Both rows of seating provide ample passenger space and support. In the backseat, there’s enough head- and legroom for even very tall passengers. Behind the rear seats, you can fill 22.3 cubic feet of cargo space with your personal items.

The Mazda CX-5 is a close second. Inside, it feels modern and offers impressive utility. Soft-touch surfaces give the cabin an air of luxury. From behind the wheel, you’ll enjoy impressive comfort. Behind the rear seats, the CX-5 delivers 34.1 cubes of cargo space.

Passenger Convenience

Once again, the Subaru Crosstrek surges ahead of the competition. Its Starlink infotainment interface is easy to use and links you to smartphone features like hands-free texting. Heated front seats keep you cozy during the winter months. The navigation system guides you through unknown territory.

Still, the Mazda CX-5 put up a good fight. Its keyless entry and ignition technology saves time in the parking lot. The CX-5 also boasts an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and redundant controls that make it easy to access apps while driving.

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek vs Mazda CX-5

Both the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek and the Mazda CX-5 provide impressive performance and passenger support, but we think the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek is the clear winner here. Inside, you’ll enjoy maximum comfort and all the latest infotainment gear. Even tall passengers will feel at home in the Crosstrek. Safety features are in abundance. Finally, the Crosstrek powertrain gives you an excellent balance of power and fuel economy.