2013 Dodge Dart or 2011 Mazda 3?

I need to choose a new car to drive for the next 3-4 weeks.

Background- I work in upper management for an auto dealer group and my daily driver is whatever I choose off the used car lot. Since I pay for the gas my #1 criterion in a car is gas mileage, followed by "slightly fun to drive."


Anyway, I was driving a Jetta, then they sold it. But I just so happened to be traveling to one of our other stores that day and they had a Chevy Sonic that needed to be taken there, so I drove that for a day. And that other store had a Mitsubishi Galant that needed to come back to the store where my office is located, so then I drove that for a day.


Now I've dropped off that godawful Galant, and that brings me to decision time.

Our two contenders are a 2013 Dodge Dart Limited with the 1.4 turbo and a 2011 Mazda 3i with the plain Jane 2.0. Both are 6-speed manuals (yes!).


The Dart is loaded up with leather and a sunroof and all kinds of other gizmos I'm never going to use, whereas the Mazda is fairly ordinary and doesn't sport much other than the usual power equipment.

I've always found the 1.4 turbo Darts to be pretty fun, but there's so much love here for the Mazda 3 that I thought it might be neat to try that one out for a few weeks, too... but then again, this is an old body style 3 with the 2.0.


So, Opponauts... what would you choose?

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