2020 Mazda3 vs 2020 Toyota Corolla 

2020 Mazda3 vs 2020 Toyota Corolla

With the exciting debut of the 2020 Mazda3, our favorite sedan-hatchback line zooms back into the market with a competitive breadth of safety features added to the standard features list. As always, we’re here to put the newest Mazda models to the test by pitting them against the fiercest market rivals. Join us as we study how the newest Mazda3 fairs against Toyota’s own compact sedan-hatchback competitor in our 2020 Mazda3 vs 2020 Toyota Corolla comparison.

All 2020 Mazda3 models are powered by the lineup’s potent SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L four-cylinder engine, showing impressive strength at 186 horsepower. The 2020 Toyota Corolla offers a selection of three engines, but none seem to meet the challenge when pitted against the legendary SKYACTIV®-G. Even with its top powertrain, the Corolla caps off at 169 horsepower. At the base level, the Corolla’s standard engine drops the ball at just 139 horsepower.

2020 Mazda3 


2020 Toyota Corolla 

$21,500  Starting MSRP  $19,600 
186 hp  Horsepower  139 - 169 hp 
13.2 ft3 (sedan), 20.1 ft3 (HB)  Cargo Area  13.1 ft3 (sedan), 17.8 ft3 (HB) 
Available  AWD  Not Available 

Comparing the 2020 Mazda3 and 2020 Toyota Corolla Lineups 

If you’re looking at a sedan, the two lineups come about even in cargo space with the Mazda3 ahead at 13.2 cubic feet and the Corolla falling just 0.1 cubic feet behind. Looking at the hatchback line, that gap becomes a bit more significant. The cargo area of the 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback packs 2.3 cubic feet more space than that of the 2020 Corolla.

Toyota isn’t saving up that missing chunk of storage space for the front cabin either. The Mazda3 comes out ahead yet again with 4.2 cubic feet more passenger space than the Corolla (92.8 ft3 vs 88.6 ft3).

In terms of MSRP, the Mazda3 is a bit pricier but well worth the investment given the incredible breadth of standard safety systems. From any trim level, Mazda3 drivers enjoy enhanced on-road confidence with Smart Brake Support, Driver Attention Alert, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist and High Beam Control. The Mazda3 also stands out from the segment as one of the few models to feature i-ACTIV AWD® capability, bringing added confidence in poor road conditions.

As for the 2020 Corolla, you won’t find these features until higher up in the trim hierarchy – and driver attention monitoring and AWD do not make the list.

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