2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2019 Mazda 3

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Mazda 3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Corolla Hatchback the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mazda 3 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla Hatchback for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mazda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 3.

There are over 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corolla Hatchback’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 22nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Mazda is ranked third.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Corolla Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda3 Sedan:

 

 

 

MPG

Corolla Hatchback

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

 

Auto

SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/42 hwy

 

 

XSE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Mazda3 Sedan

FWD

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/36 hwy

 

 

Premium 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Corolla Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda3 Hatchback:

 

 

 

MPG

Corolla Hatchback

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

 

Auto

SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/42 hwy

 

 

XSE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Mazda3 Hatchback

FWD

Manual

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/35 hwy

 

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Transmission

The Corolla Hatchback offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Corolla Hatchback’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Mazda 3:

 

Corolla

3

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

11.02 inches

Rear Rotors

10.5 inches

10.43 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Corolla Hatchback XSE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 3 (225/40R18 vs. 215/45R18).

The Corolla Hatchback SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mazda 3 Sedan’s standard 60 series tires. The Corolla Hatchback XSE’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Mazda 3’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mazda 3 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Corolla Hatchback has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Chassis

The Corolla Hatchback is 5.7 inches shorter than the Mazda 3 Sedan, making the Corolla Hatchback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Corolla Hatchback has .4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Mazda 3 Sedan.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Corolla Hatchback and the Mazda 3 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Corolla Hatchback is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mazda 3 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

If the windows are left open on the Corolla Hatchback the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Mazda 3 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Mazda 3 Base Sedan.

The Corolla Hatchback’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Mazda 3 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Corolla Hatchback XSE has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

The Toyota Corolla comes in sedan, four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Mazda 3 isn’t available as a station wagon.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Mazda 3 by almost five to one during 2018.

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