1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 hwy

Mazda 3 Sedan

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/36 hwy


The Versa offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The Versa has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Versa has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.


The Nissan Versa may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 550 pounds less than the Mazda 3.

Passenger Space

The Versa has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mazda 3 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Versa has a much larger trunk than the Mazda 3 Sedan (14.7 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).


The Versa has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Mazda 3 Base Sedan.

The Versa SV/SR’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.


The Nissan Versa outsold the Mazda 3 by 17% during 2018.

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