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It can be tough to find a car that exhibits both sporty and highly efficient qualities, but two models that do just that are the 2017 Mazda3 and 2017 Hyundai Elantra. Not only do the Mazda3 and Elantra represent how a sedan can be sporty and good on gas, but the two are also in the highly affordable range. But which comes out looking better in the 2017 Mazda3 vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra matchup?

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The 2017 Mazda3 and 2017 Hyundai Elantra both come priced well below $20,000, and with fuel efficiencies north of 35 MPG -- though the Hyundai is a little bit cheaper, while the Mazda3 has a bit more MPG at the base level. The base engine in both vehicles is a 2.0L I-4 that outputs 155 horsepower in the Mazda3 and 147 HP in the Hyundai Elantra. Though, this isn’t the only engine that each car has available.

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2017 Mazda3 differences between the 2017 mazda3 and 2017 hyundai elantra 2017 Hyundai Elantra
$18,345 MSRP $17,150
27 City/37 Highway Standard MPG 26 City/36 Highway
184 HP Max Horsepower 147 HP
Available Hatchback Not Available

Differences between the 2017 Mazda3 and 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Also available for the Elantra is a 1.4L turbocharged I-4 engine, which comes paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, that is good for 40 MPG on the highway. This engine does, however, have its downsides, such as a drop in horsepower down to just 128. The 2017 Mazda3, however, can get up to 41 MPG on its standard engine with 155 horsepower, when equipped with an automatic transmission. The second available engine for the Mazda3 increases the horsepower up to 184 and will still get 39 MPG on the highway.

Both the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and 2017 Mazda3 have a good amount of space for their class, but the Mazda3 sets itself apart with its Hatchback model, which greatly expands its cargo carrying ability to a maximum of 47.1 cu.ft. While both vehicles start modestly priced, the 2017 Mazda3 also has plenty of available, premium features. Some of our favorites include the Head-up display, which displays your speed, turn-by-turn directions and more right by your windshield, so you will never need to take your eyes off the road. We have also gotten some good feedback regarding the available Bose audio system in the 2017 Mazda3, which offers clear, premium sound.

Ready to see if the 2017 Mazda3 is the right new car for you? This sporty and efficient model can be found at Holiday Mazda in Fond du Lac WI!

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