2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

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Safety

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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 CX-30 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 CX-30 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.

Warranty

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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 CX-30.

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

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Corolla Hatchback’s reliability 46 points higher than the CX-30.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 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 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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Corolla Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the CX-30:

MPG

Corolla Hatchback

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

Auto

Nightshade 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

32 city/42 hwy

SE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

32 city/41 hwy

XSE 2.0 SOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

CX-30

FWD

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

AWD

Auto

Premium 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/31 hwy

Transmission

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The Corolla Hatchback offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a manual 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 CX-30 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the CX-30:

Corolla

CX-30

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

133 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Corolla Hatchback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-30 (225/40R18 vs. 215/65R16).

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 CX-30’s standard 65 series tires. The Corolla Hatchback’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 CX-30 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Corolla Hatchback has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Corolla Hatchback flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-30’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Passenger Space

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The Corolla Hatchback has .3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Corolla Hatchback and the CX-30 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 CX-30 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 CX-30 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Corolla Hatchback has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the CX-30 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Corolla Hatchback’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The CX-30 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

Model Availability

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The Toyota Corolla comes in sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Mazda CX-30 isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Corolla Hatchback as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mazda CX-30 isn't recommended.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Mazda CX-30 by over 339 to one during 2019.

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