It is common for car buyers to get lost into the SUV wave as they try to upgrade from a small and compact vehicle to a larger and sportier option. We at Star Mazda in Glendale do not have any objection to a personal decision to upgrade the car size.

However, we feel there are plenty of reasons that can make you stick to using a compact car class. First, the price is on the lower side; you can get a car with high-performance levels, and you can save plenty of fuel using such vehicles.

After analyzing all your reasons and starting the search for the best compact vehicle, you may get stuck on choosing between a 2020 Mazda3 and a 2020 Toyota Corolla. Here are some insights we have highlighted that can help you make an informed decision.


The new 2020 Toyota Corolla outperforms its previous models in both design and technological aspects. The latest version comes with two engine versions; a 1.8L inline 4-cylinder engine and a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine.

Both have a continuous variable transmission (CVT). The 2.0L engine has an optional six-speed manual. The smaller engine can produce 139 horsepower, while the bigger engine can produce 169 horsepower.

Still, its engine power is not in any way closer to that of a 2020 Mazda3 model. It carries a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that can produce 186 horsepower. The Mazda uses its new SKYACTIV-G powertrain that helps to save fuel through compression ignition technology.

The Mazda3 Comes in Two Body Types: Hatchback and Sedan

The Mazda3 hunchback version has a manual six-speed transmission, while the sedan and all-wheel-drive versions have an automatic transmission.

Overall, the 2020 Mazda3 stands out as a better choice in performance from the 2020 Toyota Corolla. When you take it on the roads in Glendale, you will enjoy a solid drive as its suspensions soak up any impacts from ruts and bumps.

Mazda3 has an all-wheel-drive that lacks in the Toyota Corolla sedan. Therefore, you may not have much control when driving the Toyota Corolla sedan on a slippery pavement.

While the corolla SE and XSE separate themselves with stiff sport-tuned suspensions and 18-inch wheels for the XSE, they still do not compare to the 2020 Mazda3.


Both vehicles have an upgrade of new tech features. The 2020 Mazda3 has a standard 8.8 infotainment display with a seamless connection to several media applications. It sits on the back of the dashboard, and you can control it with several shortcut buttons on the central console together with a large knob at the center.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla also has a touchscreen infotainment system with Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay capabilities. However, its screen size measures 7 inches.

It also has a wireless charging system and a JBL 6 speaker system on the L-trim level that offers you a relatively good audio experience. However, it barely matches the eight-speaker unit in the Mazda3 that offers exemplary sound qualities.


Both the 2020 Mazda3 and the 2020 Toyota Corolla have specific standard safety features that can help you prevent an accident from occurring. Toyota Corolla has its Safety Sense 2.0 that contains standard lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

I-Activsense suite by Mazda is also a standard in all the 2020 vehicles. Some safety functions in the suite include automatic emergency braking, attention alert function, stop-and-go functionality, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning.

It is a major disappointment that the Corolla does not have a driver's attention alert. The tool monitors your steering and acceleration habits and helps to determine if you may be fatigued, giving you time to break. It is a great inclusion when driving along the highways of Glendale.

It also does not contain rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring tools that you can readily find in a standard Mazda3.

So, Is It the 2020 Mazda3 or the Toyota Corolla?

For a long time, the Corolla has been a favorite option for the savvy buyer. The new improvements in style, technology, and driving experience make it much more desirable.

However, it falls short before its competitor, the 2020 Mazda3. We recommend the new Mazda3 since it offers not only a great style but also a new level of driving refinement and comfort. Its dynamic performance makes it one of the best compact cars you may want to drive.



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