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The 2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Toyota Corolla 

Drivers looking for an exciting compact car that’s fun to drive choose the 2019 Mazda3. The Mazda3 is sporty, fuel efficient, and offers a long list of standard and available technology features. These are just a few of the reasons the Mazda3 is so popular at area Phoenix Mazda dealers like CardinaleWay Mazda in Peoria. Some buyers who are considering buying the Mazda3 may also be looking at the 2019 Toyota Corolla. We’ll take a look at both vehicles and discover which one comes out on top.


The Toyota Corolla has stable handling, but it’s not as sporty as the Mazda3. The Mazda3 has engaging and athletic handling that allows it to glide over bumpy roads. Mazda’s standard G-Vectoring Control Plus aids performance by applying light braking force when the Mazda3 corners, shifting weight forward to increase traction. The Toyota Corolla doesn’t have a similar system.

Exterior Styling

While Toyota has made inroads in giving the Corolla a more attractive exterior, its styling doesn’t rise to the level of the Mazda3, which looks sleeker and more sophisticated than the Corolla. The Mazda3 comes with full LED lighting. Corolla buyers can get LED taillights and LED daytime running lights, but they have to buy one of the more expensive upper trim levels.

Compare Performance

The 2019 Mazda3’s standard engine is more powerful than the 2019 Toyota Corolla’s base unit. According to the area Phoenix Mazda dealerships like CardinaleWay Mazda in Peoria, the Mazda3 is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The Toyota Corolla’s standard four-cylinder powerplant only generates 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. There’s no overlooking the Mazda3’s stronger performance. Car and Driver tested the Mazda3 and found that the sedan with automatic transmission made it to 60 mph from off the line in 7.2 seconds. The Toyota Corolla took 8.5 seconds to make the trip.

Compare Features

The 2019 Mazda3 comes with a more impressive list of standard features than the 2019 Toyota Corolla. The Mazda3 comes with an 8.8-inch display with a multifunction Commander Control knob, while the Corolla only gets a 6.1-inch infotainment screen. While the Mazda3 offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can’t get this important feature on the Corolla. Audiophiles will enjoy the Mazda3’s available 12-speaker Bose premium audio system. A premium stereo system isn’t available on the Toyota Corolla.

Mazda3 owners will enjoy standard features such as remote keyless entry with push-button start and HD radio. To get these features on the Corolla, buyers must step up to one of the upper trims. A head-up display is another feature offered in the Mazda3 that you can’t get in the Corolla.


Both the Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla are designed to provide outstanding crash protection. Both vehicles offer valuable accident-avoidance equipment such as automatic emergency braking. However, only the Mazda3 offers a driver-attention monitoring system and blind-spot monitoring.

The Last Word

While the 2019 Toyota Corolla is a good compact car, it just doesn’t rise to the level of performance and styling as the 2019 Mazda3. That’s why the Mazda3 wins this competition.