2020 Corolla vs. 2019 Mazda 3 Comparison

The Toyota Corolla is a legacy car with a long history starting in 1966. Meanwhile, the Mazda 3 is a relative newcomer, having been released in North America in 2004. In this head-to-head, we'll compare the Corolla and the Mazda 3 in safety, price, and fuel economy.
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Published Date: 9/24/2019

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Safety and Reliability

Every grade of the 2020 Corolla comes with the Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) suite of advanced active safety features.

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Safety and Reliability

  • Every 2020 Corolla includes Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • Only Select Package and higher-grade Mazda 3 sedans include comparable driver assistance features.
  • Both the 2019 Mazda 3 sedan and 2020 Corolla garnered multiple awards for safety and reliability.
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Price

When looking at price, Toyota takes the edge. The Corolla L has a starting MSRP of $19,600 while the Mazda 3 sedan has a starting MSRP of $21,000.

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Price

  • The 2020 Corolla has a lower starting MSRP than the 2019 Mazda 3.
  • Corolla’s ToyotaCare includes a No Cost Maintenance Plan that lasts 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.
  • Every 2020 Corolla comes standard with Apple CarPlay®. Only 2019 Mazda 3 Select and higher grades include Apple CarPlay®.
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Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel economy, Toyota is the clear winner. The Corolla L has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 30/38/33 MPG (city/highway/combined) which beats the Mazda 3 sedan’s EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 26/35/30 MPG.

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Fuel Economy

  • The 2020 Corolla has overall better fuel efficiency than the 2019 Mazda 3 sedan.
  • 2020 Corolla offers a hybrid engine option while the 2019 Mazda 3 sedan does not.
  • The 2019 Mazda 3 sedan has better horsepower and torque but lower EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings than the 2020 Corolla.
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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Mazda 3

The Toyota Corolla has a long history of reliability, having first been released in 1966. The Mazda 3 is much newer to the sedan scene, having been released to North America in 2004.

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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Mazda 3

  • The 2020 Corolla has a lower starting MSRP than the 2019 Mazda 3.
  • Every 2020 Corolla includes Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • 2020 Corolla offers a hybrid engine option while the 2019 Mazda 3 sedan does not.
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