2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Toyota Corolla 

2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Toyota Corolla

At a glance, the 2019 Mazda3 and the 2019 Toyota Corolla lineups are surprisingly similar. The rivaling models both feature seating for up to five passengers, offer sedan and hatchback variants and pack near-identical dimensions for passenger space. Still, a closer look at each model will reveal some stark differences. Join us as we pit these competing sedan-hatchback lines against each other to see which does it better in this 2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Toyota Corolla comparison.

Popping the trunk, the Mazda3 secures more cargo space than the Corolla. The difference starts small on the sedan models (13.2 cubic feet vs 13.0 cubic feet) but becomes more noticeable on hatchback variants (20.1 cubic feet vs 17.8 cubic feet). Mazda’s generous features list means more advanced interior amenities with the standard 8.8-inch touchscreen display and 8-speaker stereo, plus an upgraded Bose® 12-speaker sound system on the top two trims. The 2019 Toyota Corolla settles for a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen (or available 7-inch touchscreen), plus a 6-speaker stereo.

2019 Mazda3 


2019 Toyota Corolla 

$21,000  Starting MSRP  $18,700 
2.5L SKYACTIV®-G 4-cylinder      Base Engine 1.8L inline 4-cylinder 
186 hp / 186 lb-ft  Horsepower/ Torque 132 hp / 128 lb-ft 
20.1 cubic feet  Cargo Volume (hatchback) 17.8 cubic feet 

Comparing the Performance of the 2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Toyota Corolla 

The figures above make it pretty clear where these competing models rate in performance, but we’ll revisit them for clarity. The 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine of the 2019 Mazda3 returns 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The Mazda engine holds a pretty hefty advantage over the 2019 Toyota Corolla’s standard four-cylinder engine, which maxes out at 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque on most models. The Corolla LE Eco does get boosted to 140 horsepower, but the gap is still so substantial that it’s hardly worth consideration.

If you’re still not quite convinced on the performance front, buckle in. The 2019 Mazda3 jumps from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 7.2 seconds. The Corolla clocks in noticeably late at 8.5 seconds, ranking among the lower end of the class for acceleration. The Mazda3 also offers the available i-ACTIV AWD® system on most models for optimized all-weather traction, while the Corolla sticks to FWD all the way through.

Drivers in the Memphis area interested in the Mazda3 lineup can find a wide selection of trims and configurations at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown. Car shoppers can reach out to a dealership representative for additional information by using the form below!

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