For some it might look like comparing absolutely incomparable models. Especially if to involve in discussion fans of each of these brands – mazda and jeep, then debate will never end. First of all, these cars are associated with completely different lifestyles, those opting for jeep, mainly prefer crazy and challenging life full of adventures somewhere in off-road trips, whereas, mazda 3 owners, though their car could cope with a test like that too, are more likely to lead a typical city-driver lifestyle. To make the comparison more detailed and grounded, let’s look at how these cars, mazda 3 and Touring and jeep Patriot, can compete with each other.
Let’s investigate their luxury characteristics – neither of these models come in leather interior and with sun roof, which mostly, doesn’t have any impact on driving, as you may understand, but anyway for some really capricious drivers might matter. However, mazda 3 comes with keyless entry feature in its standard grade, whereas for jeep it is optional. It is no problem to order it and include in the grade of your car, but, agree – it is better to have it already installed for you without additional money-spending.
How about practicality and safety characteristics of both cars. Either mazda 3 or jeep patriot seem rather well-equipped and practical with standard set of all details of interior facilitating life and well-being of the driver and passengers. A bit a drawback of both models is lack of space in the driving area with cramped seats. As for baggage space, jeep, undoubtedly offers much more space for cargo, whereas mazda 3 has more cupholders (a very unconvincing argument, but anyway). As for safety features, both mazda 3 and jeep include antilock brakes and child door lock in standard grade, however, mazda 3 can boast about its 5 airbags against 4 in jeep, and better disc brakes making driving performance of this model much better.
It is difficult to compare performance of these two cars because it is really individual and depends on a driver, and his/her needs. Generally both cars are of average characteristics in driving performance with rather low horsepower and lack of features facilitating off-road driving, as both cars are not four-wheeled. So, definitely jeep in general is more convenient for off-road trips, however it offers better models than Patriot for such purposes.
And, the last point is the price. Both mazda 3 and jeep patriot are standing on the same bar of price level, but, depending on what you want to have added to standard grade, the price might insignificantly vary still being within 25 thousand limit.
Anyway, the final decision is up to you, maybe before you make a final choice carry out a deeper research and compare the models with some other cars to be sure of what you need and want.