2020 Mazda3 vs 2020 Hyundai Elantra 

2020 Mazda3 vs 2020 Hyundai Elantra

Rivals may fight to keep up, but the Mazda3 continues to stand out from the compact car segment with a decked-out interior that’s a cut above the class leaders. Aside from its exquisite style, materials and attention to detail, the Mazda3 packs a bursting suite of standard and available features for an engaging driving experience. Join us as we test how the 2020 Mazda3 fairs when we stack it against a familiar rival – the 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

Despite offering just one powertrain, the Mazda3 offers an energetic drive with the 186-horsepower SKYACTIV®-G engine. In fact, the only option of the three Elantra engines that's able to overpower the standard SKYACTIV®-G is the 1.6-liter turbo found on the more cost-heavy Elantra Sport. Check out the table below for a closer look at the standard offerings of the 2020 Mazda3 and the 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

2020 Mazda3  


2020 Hyundai Elantra 

SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder  Base Engine  2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder 
186 horsepower  Horsepower  147 horsepower 
Standard Radar Cruise Control  Available
Available  All-Wheel Drive  Not Available 

Comparing the 2020 Mazda3 and the 2020 Hyundai Elantra Lineups 

Looking at the 2020 Elantra, the lineup starts with a standard 5-inch touchscreen and 6-speaker sound system, later upgrading to a 7-inch touchscreen and 8-speaker Infinity® sound system on the higher trims. An 8-inch touchscreen is also offered at the top of the lineup, though it isn’t included as standard on any trim. All Elantra models also feature a 3.5-inch cluster display, but a 4.2-inch display is available.

Compared to the Elantra’s surprisingly basic setup, the command center of the 2020 Mazda3 is deluxe in every dimension. Each model of the 2020 Mazda3 lineup features an 8.8-inch full-color display matched with a massive 7-inch LCD meter display. The lineup starts with a crisp 8-speaker audio system with Mazda Harmonic Acoustics, upgrading later to a luxe 12-speaker Bose® premium audio system.

Both lineups excel in active safety with lane keeping systems, crash mitigating brakes, driver alert monitors and available blind spot warning and rear cross-path warning systems. The 2020 Mazda3 keeps the momentum going, adding LED headlights, automatic high beams and radar cruise control to the standard features roster. Once again, the Elantra reserves these features only for its highest trims.

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