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Vehicle Comparisons:
2013 Nissan Sentra vs. 2013 Mazda3

Lining up the 2013 Nissan Sentra against the Mazda3 requires a bit of adjustment to make sure the comparison is apples to apples. Because of the different variations of the cars available, it’s unfair just to pick any model and start sizing up their pros and cons against each other. To properly compare the two, the Nissan Sentra needs to be loaded up with options to meet the same offerings and options that the Mazda3 comes with. Doing so also brings the two vehicles far closer to each other in price level as well, which can be tested at a local Nissan Sentra Boston dealer.

For example, the 2013 Nissan Sentra SL version comes with 17 inch alloy wheel systems, dual zone climate benefits, fancier trim, leather steering wheel, upgraded audio system, keyless entry and automatic-functioning headlights. The Mazda3 provides a car buyer similar interior options. To get anything above the Sentra SL, a buyer has to pay for the Grand Touring model which then provides heated leather seats, a navigation console, Bluetooth hookups, rain-monitoring wipers, adaptive headlights, and high definition radio and a price tag comes with that Mazda package. Overall, the Nissan Sentra SL provides a car buyer a better package for his wallet.

In terms of interior space and comfort while driving, the Nissan Sentra scores points for providing lots of room for passengers, even in the back seat. Further, the cargo space in the trunk is quite enjoyable, storing over 15 cubic feet of bags, luggage and materials. From a ride perspective, the Sentra is quiet and blocks out a significant portion of road noise as wells as bumps and roughness.

The Mazda3 is a bit more compacted inside, with not near as much legroom. Passengers will be borderline snug to cramped, especially if sitting in the back. There is very little room for stretching if you are sitting in the back row. In addition, the trunk space is only 12 cubic feet, trimming cargo possibilities as well if picking up friends from the airport.

Engine-wise, the Sentra offers a 130 horsepower 1.8 liter V4 engine. There are no upgrades available, but the engine works well, especially for a daily driver. The Mazda3 packs a 2.0 liter stronger engine with options to upgrade or buy the car in automatic or manual transmission. But a test drive at a local Nissan Sentra Boston dealer will provide the best review and experience.