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Old 04-26-2010, 05:10 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I've been posting threads over the past few weeks regarding which vehicle I should purchase. I've narrowed it down to two. Its between the Mazda 3 and Ford Fusion. I know the 3 is a smaller vehicle but I have zero interest in the 6, I just do not like how it looks.

I get a work discount on the Fusion so I will be paying just over invoice, no hassle. I will want to get a base SE model with automatic. I would get a S model but it only comes in a beige interior which I can't stand. For the Mazda 3, I've torn between the Sport and Touring. I would like to have power locks but I'm not sure if I want to throw down an extra 1500 or so for the Touring to get that a few other options. The Sport will be about 3k less than the SE Fusion and will cost me around $65-75 less a month. The Touring would be around $30-35 less a month.

Which do you consider a better vehicle and why?

Since I know people will ask, my old car was a 08 GT Mustang. I sold it and its gone. Since Friday, I have been driving a Kio Rio rental. Its awesome. I get a nice work discount thru Enterprise so I'm only paying $80 or so for a week rental. I am looking to get a vehicle most likely next Monday.

I just something more practical and keep my cost lower. I like the Fusion interior much more but I like the Mazda's sporty feel on the exterior. I kinda feel the Fusion is more for older person, 24 year old male.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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You can't go wrong with either car... Each one is a solid choice. Just go with your gut feeling as to which car you want.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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In your situation, I would get the Mazda 3 Touring, since it's a more youthful car, and has some options in it. A base Fusion is not going to be as fun, and if you wanted to sell it, the resale might be a bit more limited than one that has more options in it. The Fusion is a nice car, but it's much more of a family sedan than the Mazda 3.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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I like the Fusion more due to the happy face front fascia that is now on the 3.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Had you thought about the Fusion hybrid? I'm not a tree hugger but I would consider that model for driving to and from work to save on gas.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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From the net reviews the Ford has a slight edge overall even tho they are cousins sharing the same build platform.

2010 Ford Fusion vs 2009 Mazda MAZDA6 - The Car Connection

Ford Fusion vs. Mazda Mazda6 car comparison, compare auto pricing, specs, and features

AUTO RIVALS | 2010 Ford Fusion vs 2010 Mazda 6

If it were my money the Ford (and I drive Chevies) would get the nod hands down!!
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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From the net reviews the Ford has a slight edge overall even tho they are cousins sharing the same build platform.

2010 Ford Fusion vs 2009 Mazda MAZDA6 - The Car Connection

Ford Fusion vs. Mazda Mazda6 car comparison, compare auto pricing, specs, and features

AUTO RIVALS | 2010 Ford Fusion vs 2010 Mazda 6

If it were my money the Ford (and I drive Chevies) would get the nod hands down!!

The Mazda3 and Ford Fusion are not cousins and do not share the same platform. The Mazda3 shares it's platform with the european Ford Focus and Volvo S40.

They are both great cars. Your insurance rates will be cheaper on the Fusion.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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The Mazda3 and Ford Fusion are not cousins and do not share the same platform. The Mazda3 shares it's platform with the european Ford Focus and Volvo S40.
Not that it matters to me but i don't like being called a liar. The cars are cousins based on the info I linked to.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:50 PM
 
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I would stick with my recommendation of the Ford Fusion SE as long as it is manageable with your budget. After having it less than a week so far all I can say is that it's really a nice car with a very smooth ride, the best I've ever driven. The Sync system is a very nice feature and ours also has a moonroof. I may be a little biased because the Fusion has really won me over the past week. We got ours with 0 down and 0% financing (1.9% for 72 months was an option) and that may be an option for you.

The Mazda sounds like a great car too. As far as the exterior styling goes, It's just not for me. I'm very similar to your age but see it differently. The Fusion IMO looks sporty and put-together. The Mercury and Buick designs really seem to be for the older person. While the 3 seems to be targeted more for the teenage girl crowd, as it's rated #1 for sporty teens here: Top 5 First Cars for Teens - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com

Also, don't forget to factor in insurance rates which may very well be higher for the 3 because of its sportier appeal. Ultimately, I believe they're both good cars and it may come down to your budget. Don't forget all the extras they try to sell you after the car from the 'paint protector' for the exterior to the 'stain protector' for the interior. But the Fusion would be easier to resale, especially the SE automatic version, it tends to have a more universal appeal (especially with all the pro-Ford fans now in the post-bailout era) and it sounds like you can get a great deal on it.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Not that it matters to me but i don't like being called a liar. The cars are cousins based on the info I linked to.

Your information is irrelevant. I did not call you a liar. Just because your information is irrelevant does not make you a liar. It does speak volumes about your reading comprehension abilities however. Please do not put words in my mouth.

If you look at your links, they clearly say MAZDA6 NOT MAZDA3. The OP is speaking of the Mazda3. There is a huge difference between the Mazda3 and the Mazda6. So basically you know what you can do with your sarcastic face.

Have a wonderful evening!

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