2018 Toyota Corolla vs. 2018 Mazda3

The Toyota Corolla has been available in the United States for more than a generation. In that time, it has become the best-selling automotive platform in history. Over the years, the Corolla has built its reputation on the backs of strong fuel economy scores and incredible reliability. The newest version, available in the Spitzer Toyota showroom faithfully continues that tradition. Customers shopping for a vehicle in this class will certainly need to see a side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Toyota Corolla vs. 2018 Mazda3. These two compact sedans have a lot in common, but the 2018 Corolla has an ace or two in the hole that should put it over the top in the minds of customers.

Among the areas where the 2018 Toyota Corolla can outshine the current Mazda3 is available choices. The newest Corolla comes in six primary trim grades: L, LE, LE Eco, SE, XSE, and XLE. With a vast and comprehensive trim ladder in place, the 2018 Corolla offers a vast array of options, so buyers can find the exact vehicle that they want to have. On the other side of the equation, the 2018 Mazda3 has just three trims. Each version of the 2018 Toyota Corolla for sale or lease at Spitzer Toyota is well-equipped, including the base L trim and its long list of standard equipment. Additionally, the hatchback variant of the Corolla is the Corolla iM which is a holdover from Scion.


2018 Toyota Corolla Vs. 2018 Mazda3
1.8-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
CVT Transmission Six-speed manual
28/36 City/Hwy. Fuel Efficiency 27/37
Yes Avail. Hatchback Version Yes


Performance Specs and Efficiency

All available versions of the 2018 Toyota Corolla use the same powertrain setup. Each model has a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine attached to a continuously variable transmission. Five of the six trim grades will have a peak performance output of 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. However, the LE Eco trim uses different tuned version of this power plant and will produce up to 140 horsepower. Most of the trims will be able to record Environmental Protection Agency scores of 28 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. Mazda3 owners get a four-cylinder engine of their own, but it doesn’t quite match the fuel efficiency scores produced by the 2018 Corolla.

A rear left quarter photo of the 2018 Toyota Corolla on the highway.
A front view of the 2018 Toyota Corolla parked on the street.
A photo of a man getting into the 2018 Toyota Corolla.
An interior photo of the 2018 Corolla showing the vehicle's infotainment system.


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