2020 Mazda 3 vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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Safety

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

To help make backing safer, the Mazda 3 (except Base Sedan)’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Mazda 3 and the Corolla Hatchback 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

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 Corolla Hatchback is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2020.

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 18 more horsepower (186 vs. 168) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 151) than the Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda 3 is faster than the Toyota Corolla Hatchback (manual transmissions tested):

Mazda3

Corolla

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

88.4 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda 3 is faster than the Toyota Corolla Hatchback (automatics tested):

Mazad3

Corolla

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.3 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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 Corolla Hatchback (6). This means the Mazda 3 produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Corolla Hatchback every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Mazda 3 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Corolla Hatchback.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Mazda 3 AWD

Corolla

Front Rotors

11.61 inches

11.5 inches

The Mazda 3 stops much shorter than the Corolla Hatchback:

Mazda 3

Corolla

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

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 Corolla Hatchback (107.3 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mazda 3 is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Corolla Hatchback.

The Mazda 3 Premium Hatchback AWD handles at .88 G’s, while the Corolla Hatchback XSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Mazda 3 Premium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Corolla Hatchback XSE (26.7 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mazda 3’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Corolla Hatchback’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mazda 3 Premium Hatchback is quieter than the Corolla Hatchback XSE:

Mazda3

Corolla

Full-Throttle

74 dB

85 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The Mazda 3 Sedan has 8.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hatchback (92.8 vs. 84.6).

The Mazda 3 Sedan has .3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 5.2 inches more rear legroom and 5.4 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla Hatchback.

Cargo Capacity

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The Mazda 3 Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Corolla Hatchback with its rear seat up (20.1 vs. 17.8 cubic feet). The Mazda 3 Hatchback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Corolla Hatchback with its rear seat folded (47 vs. 23.3 cubic feet).

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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Mazda 3 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Mazda 3 with a number “3” insurance rate while the Corolla Hatchback is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mazda 3 is less expensive to operate than the Corolla Hatchback because typical repairs cost less on the Mazda 3 than the Corolla Hatchback, including $147 less for a starter, $28 less for fuel injection, $125 less for front struts and $182 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its August 2019 issue and they ranked the Mazda 3 Premium Hatchback three places higher than the Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE.

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