Toyota Corolla vs. MAZDA3

Toyota Corolla vs. MAZDA3

When you’re looking for your next car, it can be tricky deciding between models, like the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda3. At Ira Toyota of Orleans, we know that giving you the right information is the best route. So, we’ve written this thorough comparison between the Toyota Corolla vs. the Mazda3 for our customers near Orleans, Eastham, and Harwich, MA.

Toyota Corolla vs. MAZDA3: Performance and MPG

Toyota Corolla vs. MAZDA3Each vehicle presents a satisfying engine configuration. The Corolla comes with a 1.8L 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine with Valvematic technology, while the Mazda3 shows up a Skyactiv®-G 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Technology (VVT). Both are powerful enough to get you where you want to be—and make quick work of doing it. However, the biggest performance stat is fuel economy.

Below are the EPA-estimated MPG ratings for the Corolla and the Mazda3:

  • Toyota Corolla: 30 city/38 highway/33 combined MPG1
  • MAZDA3: 28 city/36 highway/31 combined MPG

You can see here how the Corolla outperforms the Mazda, positioning itself as a versatile sedan. That the measure of separation between each model’s fuel economy is a factor of two shows how much difference a small variation can make. Another way of looking at these specs is that while both cars can get you to your destination, the Corolla is equipped to take you an extra length farther.

Toyota Corolla vs. MAZDA3: Safety

Toyota Corolla vs. MAZDA3Making sure you and your passengers are protected from whatever the road throws your way is an important aspect of car buying. The Corolla comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 and the Star Safety System™. These safety systems work in conjunction with in-cabin features, like the ten airbags strategically placed around the cabin, the 3-point seatbelts, and more.

In comparison, the Mazda3 doesn’t show as strongly. With the lack of a dedicated safety tech package, it does feel a little bare bones when assessing its safety features. While it shares similar in-cabin features, like air bags—although there are only six—and the LATCH system, it does have some features unique to it.

Driver Attention Alert is a helpful feature that keeps track of your driving. When it detects you shift or make an abnormal move, it’ll alert you. The engine-immobilizer anti-theft system makes sure your Mazda3 stays put after you park it.

Toyota Corolla vs. MAZDA3: Infotainment

Toyota Corolla vs. MAZDA3When choosing your next ride, the connective features should be highly considered. The modern driver expects to be widely connected—and so should you.

The Corolla steps into the ring with a 7-inch touchscreen and six speakers. It has Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa capability. There is the standard hands-free phone capability and music streaming thanks to Bluetooth® wireless technology.

The Mazda3 comes with a larger display screen, 8.8 inches, and offers infotainment system voice command, Pandora® internet radio integration, and a 3-year trial of Mazda Connected Services. However, it lacks the standard integration capabilities for Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, putting it at a disadvantage when it comes to interfacing your smartphone with the infotainment system. This capability is only available on the higher trims.

Toyota Corolla vs. MAZDA3: The Verdict

Now that our customers around Orleans, Eastham, and Harwich, Massachusetts, have had an opportunity to read our comparison, we think they’ll agree that the Toyota Corolla is the superior vehicle.

With that information in mind, we encourage you to schedule a test drive of your own with the team at Ira Toyota of Orleans today!

1 2022 EPA-estimated mpg ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See