2020 Hyundai Veloster vs. 2018 Mazda 3

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Safety

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The Veloster (except N)’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Veloster 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional 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 Veloster the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mazda 3 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Veloster comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 3’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Veloster 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Mazda covers the 3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Mazda 3 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Veloster’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Mazda 3’s (7 vs. 5 years).

There are over 44 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Veloster’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Veloster second among compact sporty cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Mazda 3 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Veloster has more powerful engines than the Mazda 3:

Horsepower

Torque

Veloster Turbo/R-Spec 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

201 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

Veloster N 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Veloster N 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Mazda 3 Sport 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

155 HP

150 lbs.-ft.

Mazda 3 Touring/Grand Touring 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

187 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda 3 Sport 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

Veloster

3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.6 MPH

87.6 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Veloster N 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda 3 Sport 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

Veloster

3

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

87.6 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda 3 Touring/Grand Touring 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Veloster

3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.3 MPH

91 MPH

Transmission

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A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is included on the Hyundai Veloster Turbo/R-Spec Turbo/Ultimate, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Mazda 3.

The Veloster offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an SMG.

The Hyundai Veloster N manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Veloster N’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Mazda 3:

Veloster N

Mazda 3 2.0

Mazda 3 2.5

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

11.02 inches

11.61 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

10.43 inches

10.43 inches

The Veloster N’s optional front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Mazda 3 are solid, not vented.

The Veloster stops much shorter than the Mazda 3:

Veloster

Mazda 3

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

123 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Veloster has larger standard tires than the Mazda 3 (215/45R17 vs. 205/60R16). The Veloster N’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 3 (235/35R19 vs. 215/45R18).

The Veloster 2.0’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mazda 3 Sport’s standard 60 series tires. The Veloster N’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Mazda 3 Touring/Grand Touring’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Veloster 2.0 has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Mazda 3 Sport. The Veloster N’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Mazda 3 Touring/Grand Touring.

Suspension and Handling

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The Veloster has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Mazda 3’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Veloster offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Mazda 3’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Veloster N handles at .97 G’s, while the Mazda 3 Touring 4-Door pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Veloster is 8.7 inches shorter than the Mazda 3 5-Door, making the Veloster easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Veloster has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Mazda 3 (19.9 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Veloster and the Mazda 3 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Veloster 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.

The Veloster 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 Mazda 3 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Veloster’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda charges extra for heated mirrors on the Mazda 3.

The Veloster Turbo Ultimate’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Mazda 3’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Veloster and the Mazda 3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Veloster second among compact sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Mazda 3 isn’t in the top three.

The Veloster N was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2019. The Mazda 3 hasn’t been picked since 2014.

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