Toyota Corolla S CVT vs Mazda3 4-Door i Sport AT
Quality and Value Analysis
Could Mazda3 be a better value than Corolla? Mazda3 4-Door i Sport AT has an MSRP of $19,495, Toyota Corolla has an MSRP of $19,195. Both vehicles are within $100 in price after comparably equipped. Mazda3 and Corolla also have the same ALG Residual Value after 36 and 60 months. Mazda3 is more fuel efficient with a fuel economy of 30city/41hwy compared to Corolla’s 29city/37hwy. Corolla and Mazda3 come with a basic 36 month 36,000 mile basic warranty and 60 month 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
Performance and Engineering
Mazda3 has more Zoom Zoom than Toyota Corolla. Mazda3’s 2.0-liter, i4, 16-valve, DOHC, DI Engine is larger than Corolla’s 1.8-liter, i4, 16-valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine. Corolla’s horsepower is 132@6000 rpm, and torque is 128@4400 rpm. Seems puny compared to Mazda3’s horsepower of 155@6000 rpm, and torque of 150@4000 rpm. Both vehicles have front and rear disc brake system. Corolla’s suspension is a semi-independent torsion beam rear suspension, and Mazda3 has an independent multi-link rear suspension. Mazda3 is more fun to drive than Corolla.
Safety and Security
Corolla and Mazda3 have exactly the same safety rating on Front Driver Crash Test, Front Passenger Crash Test, Rear Side Crash Test, Overall Rating, Overall Frontal Crash Safety Rating, Overall Side Crash Safety Rating, Overall Side Barrier Crash Safety Rating, Side Pole Crash Safety Rating, and Rollover Safety Rating. Corolla scored slightly higher on the Front Side Crash Test. Both vehicles have Vehicle Stability Control System, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, Brake Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitor.
Comfort and Convenience
Mazda3 and Corolla come standard with Power Windows, Door Locks, and Cruise Control. Only Mazda3 comes with manual air conditioning. Corolla has a rearview camera, but who needs that on a small sedan? Both vehicles come with Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls, Tilt and Telescoping steering column, front power outlet, rear window defroster, and exterior temperature gauge. Corolla’s floor mats are optional, not standard like Mazda3. Both vehicles have am/fm stereo, mp3 player with auxiliary input audio jack. Corolla’s keyless entry is operated by key fob, Mazda3’s keyless entry is operated by key fob and card key. Tinted glass, power side folding adjustable exterior rearview mirrors, and automatic headlights are standard on Mazda3, Corolla’s exterior rearview mirrors are also heated. A nice feature, but unnecessary in Phoenix, AZ. Swing by our AZ Car dealership today and test drive the incredible Mazda3 for yourself!