A little different take on a seemingly straightforward vehicle comparison: when does something less expensive look like it costs more money?
Let’s review the Automobl Feature Differences between the 2019 Mazda 3 Sport GS with a six-speed transmission (MSRP $25,300) and the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Luxury, also with a six-speed transmission (MSRP $24,249).
On the face of it, the Elantra is less expensive, by $1,051. That’s real money. From the Automobl Comparison Tool:
$1,051 can buy you a lot of dinners out, perhaps two months of groceries for a family of four and help you save for your child’s college education.
But, what is the Automobl Value of the Elantra at that price?
When you use the Automobl Comparison Tool to look at the Feature Difference, there are more features available on the Mazda 3 that you don’t get on the Elantra. So what does that actually cost?
The Automobl Value of those extra features on the Mazda over the Hyundai? $4,380. Again, from the Automobl Comparison Tool:
This means the Automobl Value Advantage goes to the Mazda 3 Sport GS, at $3,329 (difference in MSRP + difference in Automobl Value):
You pay a little more up front for the Mazda 3, but Mazda 3 gives you LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, more horsepower and even more speakers in its audio system.
Elantra GT has more luxury touches, such as a power moonroof, proximity key, satellite radio and a security system. Offset Mazda 3’s superior horsepower rating with Elantra GT’s roomy interior with more front and rear headroom than Mazda 3, as well as more cargo space whether the rear seat is upright or folded.
You can save yourself some money up front with Elantra GT. But in this case, the Automobl Value Features offered by Mazda 3 Sport GS make it a compelling candidate in the compact car segment.
See for yourself, with the Automobl Comparison Tool.