2021 Toyota Corolla vs 2021 Mazda3 Comparison

2021 Toyota Corolla vs. 2021 MAZDA3

$19,925 MSRP*

Starting Price

$20,500 MSRP
1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with Valvematic technology

Base Engine

SKYACTIV®-G 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT


30/38 MPG

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

28/36 MPG
13.1 cubic feet

Cargo Space

13.2 cubic feet

Hybrid Model?


Standard Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ compatibility?


The Toyota Corolla and the Mazda3 have been long-time competitors in the compact sedan market. Both vehicles offer a comfortable ride for Savannah drivers and a suite of features to upgrade their daily commutes. However, with their 2021 model years, the Toyota Corolla has inched out ahead in fuel economy, road handling, and even available features. Learn more about the Toyota Corolla vs. Mazda3 with Savannah Toyota below, then read our comprehensive 2021 Corolla overview and contact our team to arrange a time for a test drive!

MAZDA3 vs. Toyota Corolla: Engine

The Toyota Corolla vs. Mazda3 engine performance is a tough comparison. Both models offer three engine options for Pooler drivers to choose from and a satisfying fuel economy rating for commuting and highway driving. Customers who want a little more power behind the wheel will find it in the Mazda3, but drivers who want to save more on fuel will prefer the Toyota Corolla for its higher fuel economy. Compare the base engines on both models below:

2021 Toyota Corolla Base Engine:

  • 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with Valvematic technology
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • 30/38 MPG EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
  • Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle 70 (ULEV-70)
  • 139 hp
  • 126 lb-ft of torque

2021 MAZDA3 Base Engine:

  • SKYACTIV®-G 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT
  • SKYACTIV®-DRIVE 6-speed electronically controlled sport automatic transmission
  • 28/36 MPG EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
  • 155 hp
  • 150 lb-ft of torque

One of the engine options for the Toyota Corolla is a hybrid powertrain. Unlike the Mazda3, the Corolla has a hybrid model that offers an incredible 53/52 EPA-Estimated MPG rating. Get everything you love about the Toyota Corolla on a hybrid powertrain with the Toyota Corolla Hybrid!

MAZDA3 vs. Toyota Corolla: Handling

Comparing the engines behind the Toyota Corolla vs. Mazda3 is a good way to see what kind of power you can expect during your Bluffton commutes, however, your test drive will also help you feel how your preferred vehicle handles on the highway and residential roads.

When it comes to adaptability and handling, the Toyota Corolla once again comes out ahead. This is thanks to a multilink rear suspension system that came with the Corolla model’s recent redesign. With this suspension system, the Toyota Corolla can easily absorb bumps from potholes, rocks, or uneven terrain on your daily drives. The multilink system also allows the Corolla to better navigate turns and maneuver through tight spaces.

The Mazda3, on the other hand, has a torsion beam suspension system. This suspension system has stiffer handling that leads to Hilton Head drivers feeling more bumps on the road while also having a harder time navigating tight city streets. While this suspension system offers gives excellent driver feedback on the highway, it can be cumbersome on smaller roads.

MAZDA3 vs. Toyota Corolla: Interior & Safety Features

One of the most exciting parts of test-driving a new vehicle is exploring the new interior features. Both the Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla come flush with interior comfort and technology features that will upgrade your Savannah drives and keep you connected to the world around you. However, once again in this Toyota Corolla vs. Mazda3 comparison, the Toyota Corolla comes out ahead with more standard interior features and a larger suite of safety features than the Mazda3. See how they compare below:

  • 2021 Toyota Corolla Standard Interior & Safety System
    • Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ integration
    • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS-2.0) (Standard on all Corolla trim levels)
    • Amazon Alexa® integration
    • SiriusXM with 3-month all-access subscription
    • Integrated backup camera
    • Front 2.0 USB port
  • 2021 MAZDA3 Standard Interior & Safety System
    • Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE
    • Mazda Connected Services
    • 8-speaker audio system with Mazda Harmonic Acoustics
    • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go
    • LED Headlights and Taillights

In addition to its suite of interior features, the Toyota Corolla also has a selection of interior and exterior color options for Savannah drivers to choose from. Find your favorite color combination today!

Test Drive the 2021 Toyota Corolla!

Experience the power, superior handling, and the suite of features the 2021 Toyota Corolla has to offer when you come to Savannah Toyota for a test drive! Learn more about the Toyota Corolla model’s features and engine performance in our online model showroom, then compare it to its sister model, the Toyota Camry. When you’re ready, our finance center will help you apply for financing to begin the car buying process. Come by today, we look forward to putting you behind the wheel of a new Toyota Corolla!

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (Yaris HB, Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, Supra), $1,175 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,365 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

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