2011 Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
vs. 2011 Nissan
Versa

2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring

10.0

starting from

$24,605
"Impressive list of luxury options."
edmunds.com | talking about the 3's build-quality
"The Grand Touring gains a sunroof."
edmunds.com | talking about the 3's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Mazda 3 s Grand Touring

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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Has stability control system
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Front air conditioning
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2011 Nissan Versa

7.4

Runner-up

Nissan Versa

starting from

$10,750

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa

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Has front air dam
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$10,750
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring Winner: 3 s Grand Touring
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the 3 s Grand Touring; not available on the Versa
  • Leather comes standard on the 3 s Grand Touring; the Versa only offers cloth seats
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the 3 s Grand Touring's standard sun roof
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 5.8
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring Winner: 3 s Grand Touring
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  • Rock on in the 3 s Grand Touring; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Versa
  • The 3 s Grand Touring's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the 3 s Grand Touring's satellite radio
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 6.8
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring Winner: 3 s Grand Touring
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  • The 3 s Grand Touring has 4.6x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 2 stars
  • The 3 s Grand Touring has 3.9x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.1
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring Winner: 3 s Grand Touring
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  • Drive with confidence in the 3 s Grand Touring, consider upgrading the Versa to get antilock brakes
  • The 3 s Grand Touring's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
  • Disc brakes on the 3 s Grand Touring can provide better stopping action
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring Winner: 3 s Grand Touring
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  • On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Versa , but the 3 s Grand Touring will get you around in comfort
  • The 3 s Grand Touring's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Versa
  • The 3 s Grand Touring has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Versa Winner: Versa
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $13,855 cheaper (2.3x less), $10,750 vs $24,605
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 7.4

Luxury Features

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 3 s Grand Touring's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the 3 s Grand Touring's power seats; not available on the Versa
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the 3 s Grand Touring; not available on the Versa
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the 3 s Grand Touring; the Versa only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Number of speakers 10 vs 4 The 3 s Grand Touring has more speakers, but the Versa has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The 3 s Grand Touring's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Versa does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the 3 s Grand Touring; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Versa
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the 3 s Grand Touring's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The 3 s Grand Touring can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 3 stars The better is 3.9x safer than the Versa
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 2 stars The better is 4.6x safer than the Versa

Safety Features

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3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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antilock brakes Standard vs Optional Drive with confidence in the 3 s Grand Touring, consider upgrading the Versa to get antilock brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs No The 3 s Grand Touring has electronic stability control, but the Versa does not
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The 3 s Grand Touring has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 461 miles vs 449 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 17.0 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 50.8 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 The Versa has average-sized front seats, while the 3 s Grand Touring is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The 3 s Grand Touring's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Versa
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The 3 s Grand Touring offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Versa
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The 3 s Grand Touring has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Versa , but the 3 s Grand Touring will get you around in comfort

Cost

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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MSRP $24,605 vs $10,750 The Versa has a great price and the 3 s Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 26 mpg The Versa has great city mileage and the 3 s Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Performance

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Horsepower 167 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 107 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the 3 s Grand Touring's semi-automatic transmission and the Versa 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.7 lb/hp vs 23.5 lb/hp Both 3 s Grand Touring and Versa are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 17.1 ft vs Unknown

Road Tests

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 132 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.87 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 118 mph vs Unknown

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