2021 Corolla vs. 2021 Mazda3 Comparison

Compact sedans are an affordable option that offer fuel efficiency, comfort, and convenience. Luckily, with the Corolla and Mazda3, you also get a vehicle that is downright fun to drive.

Toyota introduced the Corolla in North America in 1968 where it quickly became one of the most popular selling sedans. Now in its 11th generation, it continues to pack a lot into a little package. Mazda3 was introduced decades later in 2004 and is in its fourth generation.

Starting at $19,925, the 2021 Corolla L costs less than the Mazda3 2.0 Sedan which has a starting MSRP of $20,500. You also get better gas mileage ratings, standard safety features, plus a variety of interior options.

Both vehicles offer seven trims to choose from, however, only the 2021 Corolla has a hybrid engine option as well. For more standard features like SiriusXM® with a 3-month All Access trial, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, the Corolla has got it all. The base trim Mazda3 Sedan misses out on those features.

Continue reading to see how these cars measure up in terms of performance, interior, and safety.

Publish Date: 11/12/2020

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Performance

“Fun-to-drive compact sedan?” You ask. Yep. Throughout the years this class of vehicles has alternated between a simple, economical approach and one that is more exciting. For 2021, the Corolla has various trim options that cater to both.

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Performance

  • The Corolla L has a higher EPA-estimated MPG rating than the Mazda3 Sedan and also offers a hybrid trim.
  • Although the base model Mazda3 2.0 Sedan has more horsepower than the base model Corolla, both vehicles offer Sport driving modes.
  • You get the ToyotaCare plan with the 2021 Corolla which offers scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance.
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Interior

Again, this class of vehicles usually covers the bases when it comes to fuel economy and affordability. That usually means comfort and convenience features take a back seat. Thanks to a whole host of standard interior features, this adage is not true for the 2021 Corolla.

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Interior

  • The 2021 Corolla has a 3-month SiriusXM® All Access trial subscription, standard Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility.
  • Both the Mazda3 and Corolla have trim options that have leather steering wheels with paddle shifters.
  • You also get automatic climate control on the Corolla LE to stay comfortable while you drive.
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Safety

Both the Mazda3 and Corolla have advanced safety technology systems to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

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Safety

  • The 2021 Corolla offers more standard active safety features for less with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • More advanced features like Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) are available options on the Corolla LE and Mazda3 Select or higher.
  • You get 10 airbags with the Corolla.
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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Mazda3

The Toyota Corolla has withstood the test of time, first introduced in North America in 1968. For the current 2021 model year it matches striking, sporty looks with a genuine fun-to-drive experience. Having been introduced in 2004, the Mazda3 can’t compete with the long history of the Corolla.

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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Mazda3

  • Having been around for 11 generations, the Corolla comes backed with a long history of dependability.
  • You get higher fuel economy ratings on the gas model Corolla and the option for a hybrid, which the Mazda3 does not offer.
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