2019 Toyota Yaris vs. 2019 Mazda 3

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Yaris and the Mazda 3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Yaris the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 167 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mazda 3 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Yaris 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 Yaris’ 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 Yaris gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda3 Sedan:

 

 

 

MPG

Yaris

FWD

Manual

1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/39 hwy

 

Auto

1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 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 Yaris gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda3 Hatchback:

 

 

 

MPG

Yaris

FWD

Manual

1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/39 hwy

 

Auto

1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 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

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Yaris has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift, based on a value pre-entered by the driver. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Yaris’ turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Mazda 3’s (32.2 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Yaris may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the Mazda 3.

The Yaris is 4.4 inches shorter than the Mazda 3 Sedan, making the Yaris easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Yaris has a larger trunk than the Mazda 3 Sedan (13.5 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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

Recommendations

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

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