The two leading models in the compact car class are the Chevy Cruze and the Mazda 3. If you want a small car that provides big utility, the Cruze and the Mazda 3 are the two models that fit the bill. When you're thinking about purchasing a new compact car to fulfill your driving needs in Chalfont, Doylestown, or Warrington, it's important to learn more about the Cruze and the Mazda 3 to make sure you're buying your perfect fit.

Read more about the Chevy Cruze vs. Mazda 3 in this review by Fred Beans Chevrolet, and compare their best features to help you decide which is the better compact car. Contact us today!

Chevy Cruze 

Fuel Economy 48 highway MPG

Cargo Space 14.8 cubic feet 

SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Standard 

Wi-Fi Hotspot Available 

OnStar® Emergency Services Standard 

Mazda 3

Fuel Economy 37 highway MPG

Cargo Space 12.4 cubic feet

SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Available

Wi-Fi Hotspot Not Available

OnStar® Emergency Services Not Available



A great reason to drive a compact car is having a vehicle that provides dependable fuel efficiency, and the 2018 Cruze and 2018 Mazda 3 are two of the most fuel-efficient compacts available today.

The most efficient engine available in the Mazda 3 is a 2.0L SKYACTIV-G® 4-cylinder that provides an EPA-estimated 37 highway MPG. While this level of efficiency is impressive, it doesn't match the available 1.6L ECOTEC® turbo diesel engine of the Cruze and its EPA-estimated 48 highway MPG.

If you want to save as much money on fuel as possible, the only compact for you is the Chevy Cruze.


While you're on the road in your compact car, you want to be able to use technology that'll keep you connected and entertained. This is why comparing tech features is a good way to decide between the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze and the Mazda 3.

With the Cruze and Mazda 3, entertainment is king, thanks to features like an available 9-speaker Bose® premium sound system and advanced infotainment system (MyLink in the Cruze and Mazda Connect™ in the Mazda 3).

The Cruze also allows smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, along with an available Wi-Fi hotspot.

While smartphone integration is also available the Mazda 3, a Wi-Fi hotspot isn't.


In a small car, it's common to think about being vulnerable to larger vehicles, making it important to choose a compact that offers intuitive safety features. Whichever vehicle you drive, you'll be getting safety systems that hold up under tough situations.

Both the Cruze and Mazda 3 are designed to help you prevent wrecks with features like Forward Collision Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring.

However, if you want the peace of mind that comes from having an OnStar® Automatic Crash Response System, the better compact car is the Cruze. If you get into an accident, an OnStar® Advisor will immediately be connected to your car to see if you need help. Even if you don't respond, GPS technology will pinpoint your exact location so that emergency help can be sent right away.

This feature, unfortunately, isn't offered in any Mazda 3 trim level.


After comparing the Chevy Cruze and the Mazda 3, the Cruze is the clear winner for best in class by providing superior efficiency, technology, and safety. To find out more about the new Chevy Cruze, you should visit Fred Beans Chevrolet to schedule a test drive.

If you're a consumer from Warrington, Doylestown, or Chalfont looking for a new or pre-owned Chevy vehicle, visiting our dealership is your best option. Our first-rate team can provide you the guidance you need to find your next car, and can help you with everything from financing to continuing vehicle maintenance.

Visit us today to complete the search for your ideal vehicle.