The compact sedan is still in demand, no matter how popular compact crossovers become. Compact sedans from Japanese automakers are some of the most popular. Leaving brand loyalty and visual appeal aside, which of these two compact sedans would you choose, the 2020 Toyota Corolla or the 2020 Mazda3?
Both automakers value reliability, build quality, and efficiency, but that is where the similarities end. Toyota works hard on making interior design appealing and mixing competitive value with advanced modern technology. Mazda puts a lot of emphasis into exterior design and the feel of driving the car. The table below puts a lot of these differences side-by-side for easy comparison.
2020 Toyota Corolla
|Continuously Variable-Speed Transmission (CVT)||Transmission Type||6-Speed Shiftable Automatic|
|31 MPG City/40 MPG Highway/34 MPG Combined||Fuel Economy||26 MPG City/35 MPG Highway/30 MPG Combined|
|8||Exterior Color Options||6|
Some will prefer the Mazda3 regardless of how it compares to the Corolla, but there are plenty of reasons to choose the classic Toyota sedan. While many prefer the more tactile experience of an automatic, the CVT in the Corolla is one of the most modern ever made, and it is a big reason the Corolla outdoes the Mazda3 in fuel efficiency. CVT cars are also getting cheaper to build, so the overall cost of the Corolla is lower as well.
The Corolla color options are expressive and lively compared to the drab Mazda colors, and those looking to prove their dedication to environmental responsibility can choose the Corolla Hybrid instead of the gasoline sedan. Look for the Corolla to have more interior technology and a satisfying design with a logical layout as well.