Two, true performance cars from Asia that really can’t be beat on price are the Mazda’s MAZDASPEED3 and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T. Both are cars, equipped with turbocharged inline-four engines with available six-speed manual transmissions, but both offer something different. The Genesis Coupe 2.0T offers a sporty coupe with rear-wheel-drive balance, while the MAZDASPEED 3 gives sportiness the practicality of a five-door hatchback.
Both cars also come in under $24,000 so price point is another valid reason to compare both cars. The Mazda costs $23,340 starting out, while the 2.0T R-spec, with just the go-fast goodies, costs $23,750 without any options.
The MAZDASPEED3 is praised for a package that can be tracked, a well-balanced suspension, quiet interior, and great safety features. The Mazda’s flaws are its front styling, odd power steering, and turbo lag. The Hyundai gets thumbs ups for its styling, drive train, handling, build quality, and Hyundai’s unflappable Warranty. It gets panned for some crude bits and weird interior controls.
Performance, straight-line anyway, is beaten by the MAZDASPEED3. The 2.0T musters a 0-60 time of around 6.8 seconds with the 210 hp engine, while the MAZDASPEED3 has a larger engine and more power and torque to reach 60 mph under 6 seconds. Where the Genesis Coupe loses in power, it wins in the handling category. While both cars are good at the corners, with the Hyundai’s being prowess being compared to BMW’s, it’s the Mazda’s slight “unpredictability” that manages its loss.
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When it comes to features, the Mazda creams the Hyundai. Standard equipment for the hatchback includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, cruise control, leather upholstery and trim, and aluminum pedals. While the Hyundai offers the standard power, radio and stability equipment, and most of what Mazda offers comes in higher, out-of-range costs for this comparison. But what the Hyundai lacks in equipment it makes up for in warranty, as it includes Hyundai’s 10 year/100,000 mile power train warranty while the Mazda only offers 5 year/50,000 mile warranty.
So for this comparison, the Mazda is the obvious winner, It comes with better equipment as standard, is more practical, and better overall performance then the Hyundai Genesis coupe.
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