2020 Corolla Hatchback vs. Mazda 3 Hatchback Comparison

For decades the Corolla line has been as dependable as Toyota itself. The 2020 Corolla Hatchback continues this tradition.

Known for reliability, Kelley Blue Book® recognized Toyota with the Best Resale Value: Brand award for 2017, 2018, and 2019. In comparison, Mazda 3 introduced the hatchback version in 2003. Mazda also won some awards. It was the US News & World Report’s 2020 Best Brand. And Kelley Blue Book® named Mazda the 10 Coolest Cars under $20,000.

Both reliability and price prove to be compelling categories in this Mazda 3 Hatchback vs. Corolla Hatchback head to head.

The base Corolla Hatchback has a starting MSRP of $20,290 while the Mazda base trim starts at $20,640. The XSE and Nightshade editions for the Corolla Hatchback SE have lower MSRPs than the base Mazda trim. In this comparison, we’ll test Toyota’s reputation to see how the Mazda 3 HB stacks up in the key categories of price, performance, and reliability.

Published Date: 02/20/2020

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Price

One of the most important factors when car shopping is how the vehicles you’re researching fit into your budget. Cars that deliver more for their starting price tag can offer more value. This isn’t limited to what’s under the hood.

Price

  • 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback offers two-tone roof and body color options.
  • XSE with manual transmission and Nightshade editions for the 2020 Corolla Hatchback have lower starting MSRPs than the base Mazda 3 trim.
  • The base Corolla Hatchback trim has a retail MSRP of $20,290 while the Mazda 3 Hatchback base trim starts at $20,640.
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Performance

The 2020 Corolla Hatchback carries a legacy of sleek lines in its curb appeal. Under the hood, the base trim has 168 horsepower. The Mazda 3 Hatchback does have a higher 186 horsepower rating, but it is less fuel-efficient.

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Performance

  • The Mazda 3 Hatchback has a higher 186 horsepower rating vs. the Corolla Hatchback which has 168 horsepower, but the Mazda 3 HB has lower EPA-estimated MPG ratings.
  • Manual transmissions only come on the Premium Mazda trim, while multiple Corolla Hatchback grades offer a 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT).
  • A 2020 Corolla Hatchback with manual transmission delivers an EPA-estimated MPG of 28 City/37 Highway vs. Mazda 3 Hatchback’s EPA-estimated 26 City/35 Highway.
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Reliability

The IIHS chose the Corolla Hatchback with LED projector headlights as a Top Safety Pick for 2020 and the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback as a Top Safety Pick+. Mazda has won more IIHS awards than Toyota. However, the Mazda 3 misses out on a key thing only Toyota vehicles have: brand resale value awards from Kelley Blue Book®.

 

Reliability

  • Kelley Blue Book® awarded Toyota the Best Resale Value: Brand award for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
  • ToyotaCare Roadside Assistance lasts for two years and unlimited miles with a no-cost scheduled maintenance program that lasts two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.
  • Mazda offers a maintenance program, but it costs extra depending on which one you choose.
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Conclusion: Corolla Hatchback vs. Mazda 3 Hatchback

A hatchback can be a sleek and fuel-efficient option for many drivers. In this Mazda 3 Hatchback vs. Corolla Hatchback head to head, we compared the two in important categories including reliability, performance, and price.

Conclusion: Corolla Hatchback vs. Mazda 3 Hatchback

  • 2020 Corolla Hatchback trims cost less than the base Mazda 3 Hatchback’s starting MSRP of $20,640 except for the 2020 Corolla Hatchback XSE with CVT.
  • Manual and CVT Corolla Hatchbacks get better overall EPA-estimated MPG ratings than any Mazda 3 Hatchback.
  • Every lease and purchase of new Toyota vehicles includes ToyotaCare. A comparable Mazda plan could cost more depending on the plan. See a Mazda dealer for details.
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