2020 Mazda 3 vs. 2020 Toyota C-HR

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Safety

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The Mazda 3 has standard Whiplash Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The C-HR doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Mazda 3 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Mazda 3 and the C-HR 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Mazda 3 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The C-HR last would have qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Toyota is ranked third.

Engine

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The Mazda 3’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 42 more horsepower (186 vs. 144) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mazda 3 is faster than the Toyota C-HR (automatics tested):

Mazda3

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

11 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.6 sec

33.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.7 sec

11.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

115 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Mazda3 Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the C-HR:

MPG

Mazda3 Sedan

FWD

Auto

Premium 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/36 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

C-HR

FWD

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

17 city/21 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Mazda3 Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the C-HR:

MPG

Mazda3 Hatchback

FWD

Manual

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/35 hwy

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

C-HR

FWD

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Mazda 3 Premium/Hatchback/AWD’s fuel efficiency. The C-HR doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda 3 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The C-HR requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mazda 3 higher (7 out of 10) than the Toyota C-HR (3). This means the Mazda 3 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the C-HR every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Mazda 3 stops much shorter than the C-HR:

Mazda 3

C-HR

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Mazda 3 Hatchback/Select/Preferred/Premium’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-HR XLE/Limited’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mazda 3’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the C-HR (107.3 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mazda 3 is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-HR.

The Mazda 3 Premium Hatchback AWD handles at .88 G’s, while the C-HR Limited pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Mazda 3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Toyota C-HR.

Passenger Space

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The Mazda 3 Hatchback has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (92.7 vs. 86). The Mazda 3 Sedan has 6.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (92.8 vs. 86).

Cargo Capacity

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The Mazda 3 Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the C-HR with its rear seat up (20.1 vs. 19.1 cubic feet). The Mazda 3 Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (47 vs. 37 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Mazda 3 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

Ergonomics

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The Mazda 3 Auto offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Mazda 3 Preferred/Premium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The C-HR doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mazda 3 Premium has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and warning light readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The C-HR doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Mazda 3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The C-HR’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Mazda 3’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the C-HR’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

When the Mazda 3 Preferred/Premium is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The C-HR’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Mazda 3’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The C-HR has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Mazda 3 Hatchback/Select/Preferred/Premium has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mazda 3 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The C-HR doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Mazda 3 comes in sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Toyota C-HR isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda 3, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Toyota C-HR isn't recommended.

The Mazda 3 outsold the Toyota C-HR by 1811 units during 2019.

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