Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Three 1/18 scale city cars from Paudi are here for a comparison, a Nissan March, Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2. I’ve shown off the March and Yaris before but I’ll do so again in a more CdM fashion now. But let’s start with the newest contender, the Mazda:

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Design and Accuracy-10/10

This thing is spot on. I drove a 2 before buying my Cube and this thing looks like an exact replica of the one I drove. With one exception, the turn signals on this models headlights are clear and not orange, but that’s ok because foreign markets do have clear indicators.

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Fit and Finish- 8/10

This is a very solid model. No rattles and nothing feels flimsy. All of my Paudis are that way, and I can’t even say that for my one AutoArt. I had to take off 2 points though because the driver side mirror is stuck. It’s supposed to fold in but won’t budge and I’m afraid it’ll break if I push too hard.

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Features- 9/10

Carpeted interior, opening rear doors and a working cargo cover. Wheels turn turn and there is an immense amount of detail on the interior and under the hood. This model also has soft seats. I’m not sure what they’re made of but it feels like a hard foam.

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Value- 8/10

I got this particular model for roughly 89 dollars shipped. Normally they start at 110 dollars plus shipping. 100 bucks is pretty average for a Paudi and if you can snag this one for less, it’s great. You definitely will get your monies worth with all of the features and details though.

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Rarity- 5/10

This model is not rare....yet. There are plenty on eBay in plenty of colors from plenty of sellers in China. But it is a discontinued model and sooner or later they’ll start to dry up. Might be a long time before that happens though.

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Total - 40/50

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A great score for a great model. Let’s see if our next contender, the Nissan March can do better though!

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Design and Accuracy- 9/10

I’ve never seen one in real life, only pictures. It’s tough to give a model a perfect score if you’ve never been around the real life version. But it looks damn near perfect in scale from a 1/1.

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Fit and Finish- 10/10

Unlike the Mazda, the side mirrors fold in as intended. Not feels too fragile on this car, though I wouldn’t try tossing it down some stairs to test the fragility.

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Features- 10/10

All doors open, wheels turn and the working cargo cover are present. The seats are made of that same foamy material (silicone?) but the rear seats actually fold down and the front seats slide forward which was not present on the Mazda.

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Value- 8/10

I grabbed this model for 90 bucks plus shipping. A little less than average but not enough to be a great value. Still very happy with the purchase though.

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Rarity - 3/10

You can find this model easily on eBay but once Nissan redesigns the March and this model gets discontinued, it may become a bit tougher to get. Still years away from that happening though

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Total - 40/50

One point better but there aren’t a whole lot of difference between the two cars quality-wise.

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Can the Yaris snatch a victory?

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Design and Accuracy - 10/10

It looks like a Yaris. I see these things daily and this is spot on, although it does have an RS package that I don’t typically see on most cars.

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Fit & Finish - 9/10

Another solid model. Hefty with no rattles. The side mirrors don’t fold in though and feel a bit flimsy as only a fairly thick bit of plastic holds it on.

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Features - 9/10

Had to knock a point off here because the mirrors do not fold like the other cars. Everything else is the same and the seats do slide in the Yaris as well.

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Value - 9/10

I paid about 75 bucks shipped for this which is about a less than I expected to pay so the value is a little better here. Other colors may cost more though if you aren’t digging the purple.

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Rarity - 3/10

It’s not rare again but this one was a little tougher to find at a good price.

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Total - 40/50

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It’s a tie! All 3 models offer the same kind of features for roughly the same price, it really comes down to which model you like the most and what deals you find out there. I’m a big fan of the Mazda as it has a sportier look to it and seems like the suspension is lower than the other two cars, at least in the front.

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