2016 Mazda3 vs 2016 Toyota Corolla

It used to be that when Bradenton and Tampa drivers wanted exciting driving dynamics and sophistication from their vehicle, they couldn’t look to the compact sedan segment. The 2016 Mazda3 is proof that those days are long gone. Of course, there are other models in this segment to consider, such as the 2016 Toyota Corolla. A comparison of these models proves the merits of the 2016 Mazda3, though, and you can check it out at Cox Mazda in Bradenton, FL.

2016 Toyota Corolla

2016 Toyota Corolla


While both of these models get you around with ease, the 2016 Mazda3 provides more fun in the process thanks to its engaging performance. Its base 2.0L inline-four delivers a confident 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, and those looking for more power will find it from the available 2.5L inline-four, which pumps out a commanding 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the Mazda3 has received high praise for its responsive steering and suspension systems.

Meanwhile, under the hood of the 2016 Toyota Corolla, there’s only one engine option—an underwhelming 1.8L four-cylinder that puts out just 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. There’s a performance upgrade for this engine available, but even that only increases power to 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque.

Fuel Economy

In spite of its superior power, the 2016 Mazda3 goes toe-to-toe with the 2016 Toyota Corolla when it comes to saving gas. Those opting for the base engine can reach up to an EPA-estimated 41 mpg highway and 30 mpg city. Fuel economy on the upgraded 2.5L four-cylinder almost meets the same standards with up to an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway and 29 mpg city with the available i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. Standard EPA estimates on the Corolla, on the other hand, hits 36 mpg highway and 27 mpg city, but an Eco version is able to get 42 mpg highway and 30 mpg city.

Advanced Safety Features

As if that weren’t enough, there are a number of advanced safety features offered on the 2016 Mazda3 that you can’t get on even the most advanced version of the 2016 Toyota Corolla. These include lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Get Inside the 2016 Mazda3 at Cox Mazda

The wait for the exciting performance offered by the 2016 Mazda3 is over. Come see it for yourself at Cox Mazda, located near Tampa at 3101 Cortez Rd. W. in Bradenton, FL. Our sales team is here to help you out every day of the week, so contact us or come in for a test drive!