Toyota Corolla vs. MAZDA3: Performance and MPG
Each 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
Making 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
When 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.