When you’re car shopping, you can’t help but notice that the auto industry tends to think as if cars have natural competitors, but shoppers don’t think that way. You may find yourself debating between an appealing SUV and a compelling sedan, for instance. Or considering whether a well-equipped affordable car or an entry-level luxury car is the best investment. The 2022 Mazda3, for instance, is a mainstream compact sedan. But every review says that it drives like a luxury car. The 2022 Audi A3 is a luxury car. How does a well-equipped Mazda3 compare with Audi’s subcompact luxury sedan?
A side-by-side comparison will help you decide whether the top trim of Mazda’s
little sedan can punch with a luxury featherweight.2022 Mazda3 Mazda specializes in making cars at mainstream prices that could be mistaken for luxury cars. The 2022 Mazda3 may be its signature product. It has the characteristics of an affordable compact car – 4-cylinder engine choices, city-friendly size, starting price under $25K. But take it down a winding road, and you could be forgiven for thinking it was a German luxury car. To ring the bell on a fair fight with an Audi, we’ll use the top-of-the-line 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. It starts at $33,450 (plus $1,065 for delivery) and uses a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine making 250 horsepower and has all-wheel drive (AWD) standard. Don’t miss: Car quality is slipping: These are the brands with the most and least complaints, …