Compare 2020 Mazda3 vs 2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Mazda3
2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Mazda3


2020 Toyota Corolla

26 city / 35 hwy*

Fuel Economy

30 city / 38 hwy*
186 HP


139 HP
2.5L 4cyl


1.8L 4cyl

Serving Houston and Katy, TX

Mazda and Toyota have built a reputation for themselves as some of the most versatile automakers in the industry. The 2020 Mazda3 and 2020 Toyota Corolla are some of the most popular compact vehicles today. Both cars offer different features and amenities, but the Mazda3 clearly outshines the Corolla. Read on to


The 2020 Mazda3 draws its power from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a responsive 6-speed manual transmission to generate an impressive 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. The engine offers ample power and brisk acceleration, making the Mazda3 an enjoyable vehicle to cruise around in. While providing such impressive power from a compact car, the Mazda3 is a very economical vehicle to own and maintain. It earns fuel efficiency ratings of 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with the front-wheel-drive setup, while the hatchback model equipped with an automatic transmission earns 26 /35 mpg city/highway. Manual transmission hatchbacks get 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla comes standard with a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that makes 139 horsepower, which significantly less powerful compared to the Mazda3. The Corolla is also available with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 169 horsepower. The inline-four powertrain is standard for the hatchback and optional for the Sedan models. It comes with an improved CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission. The Corolla’s base engine earns EPA Fuel efficiency ratings of 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, whereas the 4-cylinder gets 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway for the automatic transmission and 29/36 mpg city/highway for the manual transmission powertrain.


The Mazda3 is available with a wide assortment of standard active safety features including, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, driver condition monitor, and an adaptive cruise control system. Blind-spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, and rear cross-traffic alert are some of the optional safety features available.

The Corolla features the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite, including forward-collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Other safety features include lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beam headlights. The Corolla offers other safety technologies such as adaptive headlights and blind-spot monitoring for drivers who want more.


Like most of its counterparts in the class, the Mazda3 sports an advanced infotainment system with several connectivity features. The vehicle features a crisp and clear 8.8-inch infotainment system with HD radio, an 8-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and 2 USB ports. It also comes with a strategically placed 7-inch driver information display that comes in handy when monitoring the condition of the vehicle. Optional upgrades include a premium 12-speaker Bose audio system and a moonroof. The Toyota Corolla is fitted with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and voice recognition.

Take an Online Test Drive

All in all, both the 2020 Mazda3 and the 2020 Toyota Corolla have received great updates from their predecessors. However, the Mazda offers more goodies than the Corolla, which is why we would gladly recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade or get a new compact car. The 2020 Mazda3 also comes with an online virtual test drive so that you can see exactly how it will beat its competitor, the Corolla. To take a virtual online test drive, click the red “Take A Virtual Test Drive” button and use your mouse to click and drag or your finger to tap and swipe on mobile to view the entirety of the interior of the vehicle. While on this online test drive, you’ll be accompanied by a personal salesperson who will walk you through all the unique features of the Mazda3 like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. Along with the salesperson’s dialogue, you’ll notice motion graphics that display exactly what they are talking about.

Contact us today to book a test drive to experience the Mazda3 in person. Our friendly and well-trained staff is ready to answer any questions you may have.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.