Mazda vs MINI Cooper 

Mazda 3 i Grand Touring

  • $21k
  • 2.5L
  • 25 city 37 hwy
The steering is light, but the electric power-steering system is tuned to provide good feedback and effort during cornering.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2013)
VS

MINI Cooper Base

  • $21k
  • 1.6L
  • 29 city 37 hwy
We expect the Paceman to cash in on some of that unexpected following but wonder if this larger coupe should have come first since it is closer to MINI's lineage?
by AutoBlog Canada (Nov, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of i Grand Touring vs Base

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Mazda 3 vs Cooper

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Mazda 3

Reasons to consider the
Mazda 3 i Grand Touring

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Much better highway driving range 606 miles vs 392 miles Around 55% further range on the interstate
Significantly better city driving range 410 miles vs 307 miles Around 35% further in the city
Less energy used per car made 1,729 kWh/vehicle vs 2,440 kWh/vehicle Around 30% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Car-autoblog-first view of MINI Cooper

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Saves on fuel $1,694 vs $1,860 Around 10% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Higher EPA city mileage 29 MPG vs 25 MPG More than 15% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$20,990 12.6¢/mile Mazda 3
MINI Cooper $21,450 11.5¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The MINI Cooper is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
 
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Mazda 3 MINI Cooper
Price $4,198 ($20,990) $4,290 ($21,450)
Fuel $1,896 (2,562 gallons) $1,728 (2,335 gallons)
City 25 MPG 29 MPG
Highway 37 MPG 37 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Mazda vs Cooper 

8.5
7.1
Those who seek ride comfort above all else might find the Mazda6 a trifle harsh at times, but we will make that trade to gain better handling capabilities.
3 i Grand Touring

8.4
8.0
For the automatic, you get crisp, very quick shifts and almost the feel of a dual-clutch unit; and the manual (our favorite) has short throws and clean, precise action.
3 i Grand Touring

Overall

8.8 Out of 10
7.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Mazda vs
Cooper 
Brand Mazda MINI
Body style
Sedan
Coupe
Model year 2014 2014
City range 410 miles 307 miles
Highway range 606 miles 392 miles
MSRP $21k $21k
Annual cost $6,058 $5,984

Manufacturing Emissions

CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton 0.68 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,729 kWh/vehicle 2,440 kWh/vehicle

power & handling

Max torque 150 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 118 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Max HP 184 HP @ 5,700 RPM 121 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 17.3 lb/hp 21.78 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 feet 35.1 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 4 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Optional, $250
Entertainment system N/A N/A

features

Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Optional, $500
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $800 N/A
Navigation system Optional, $0 Optional, $1,500
Roof rails Optional, $0 N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard

emissions

Mazda vs
Cooper 
EPA smog score 6 6
EPA GHG score 8 8
Combined CO2/mile 269 g 273 g
Stops the engine instead of idling No No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 41 tons 41 tons

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.5L 1.6L
Air compressor None None
Fuel
Gas
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD 6-speed Manual 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.02 in Ventilated Disc 10.98 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.43 in Disc 10.2 in Disc
Front wheel width 225 175
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 65

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Airbags
Side
Head curtain
Passenger
Driver
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard N/A
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 70.7 in 66.3 in
Front track width 62.4 in 57.4 in
Height 57.1 in 54.3 in
Ground clearance 6.4 in 5.5 in
Length 191.5 in 146.8 in
Wheelbase 111.4 in 97.1 in
Curb weight 3,183 lb 2,635 lb
GVWR 4,226 3,175
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 2
Front seat room 54 ft³ 47 ft³
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