2011 Mazda
3 i Touring
vs. 2011 Nissan
Versa

2011 Mazda 3 i Touring

10.0

starting from

$19,745
"Energetic 2.5-liter engine."
edmunds.com | talking about the 3's engine
"A five-speed automatic is optional."
edmunds.com | talking about the 3's transmission

Reasons to buy the Mazda 3 i 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
Standard
2011 Nissan Versa

7.5

Runner-up

Nissan Versa

starting from

$10,750

Reasons to buy the Nissan Versa

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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
6.3"
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Very inexpensive
$10,750
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring Winner: 3 i Touring
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the 3 i Touring; not available on the Versa
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 5.9
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring Winner: 3 i Touring
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  • Rock on in the 3 i Touring; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Versa
  • The 3 i Touring's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The 3 i Touring's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 6.8
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring Winner: 3 i Touring
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  • The 3 i Touring has 4.6x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 2 stars
  • The 3 i Touring has 3.9x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.1
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring Winner: 3 i Touring
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  • Drive with confidence in the 3 i Touring, consider upgrading the Versa to get antilock brakes
  • The 3 i Touring's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
  • Disc brakes on the 3 i Touring can provide better stopping action
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring Winner: 3 i Touring
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  • On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Versa , but the 3 i Touring will get you around in comfort
  • The 3 i Touring's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Versa
  • The 3 i Touring has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Road Tests - vs -
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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
Overall 10.0 vs 7.5

Luxury Features

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the 3 i Touring; not available on the Versa
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The 3 i 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 i Touring; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Versa
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the 3 i Touring, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The 3 i 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 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i 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

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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antilock brakes Standard vs Optional Drive with confidence in the 3 i Touring, consider upgrading the Versa to get antilock brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs No The 3 i 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 i 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 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i 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 479 miles vs 449 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 11.8 ft3 vs 13.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.9 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The 3 i 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The 3 i 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 i Touring will get you around in comfort

Cost

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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MSRP $19,745 vs $10,750 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 26 mpg The Versa has great city mileage and the 3 i 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

Road Tests

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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0-60 mph 9.4 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 145 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.2 s @ 83 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Nissan Versa Nissan
Versa
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Horsepower 148 HP @ 6,500 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 i 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 19.7 lb/hp vs 23.5 lb/hp Both 3 i 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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 2011 Mazda 2 Touring 3 i Touring vs 2 Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 2011 Toyota Prius Two 3 i Touring vs Prius Two
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 2011 BMW 328i 3 s Grand Touring vs 328i
2011 Mazda 3 i Sport 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 3 i Sport vs Altima 2.5
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 2011 Audi A4 Premium 3 i Touring vs A4 Premium
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Toyota Corolla Versa SL vs Corolla
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2011 Honda Fit Versa SL vs Fit
2011 Nissan Versa SL 2012 Ford Focus SEL Versa SL vs Focus SEL
2011 Nissan Versa 2011 Nissan Sentra Versa vs Sentra
2011 Nissan Versa 2011 Toyota Matrix Versa vs Matrix

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