2016 Mazda3 5-door vs 2016 Chevy Sonic 5-door

Mazda3 5-door

2016 Mazda3 5-door

Chevrolet Sonic

2016 Chevrolet Sonic 5-door

We’re big fans of the 2016 Mazda3 5-door at Cox Mazda, and by the number we see in and around Tampa and Sarasota, we think you are too. The sporty hatchback has some competitors, though, and we want to show you what Mazda has to offer that sets it apart from that competition.

We set the 2016 Mazda3 5-door up against the 2016 Chevy Sonic 5-door to get an idea of just what the competing hatchbacks are like and whether they have anything to offer that the Mazda doesn’t.

Engine Specs

While it might not be the top priority for every driver in the market for a sporty hatchback, the engine specs matter whether you’re looking for a hot hatch or just trying to make your morning commute on time. Both cars give you two engine options, but Mazda has the lead on power:

  • Each model can come standard with a SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT, rated at 155 hp and 150 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • For more power, Mazda has a larger engine, the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT. The upgraded powertrain is capable of up to 184 hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • The standard 2016 Chevy Sonic has a 1.8L four-cylinder with only 138 hp and 125 lb.-ft. of torque, with your choice of five-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
  • Upgrading to the available 1.4L turbocharged engine doesn’t really do much for power on the Sonic, either, rated at 138 hp again and receiving a boost to 148 lb.-ft. of torque. Drivers can choose between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Despite trailing behind the Mazda on power, Chevy’s vehicles also trail on fuel economy.

Fuel Efficiency

If you thought you had to choose between power and efficiency in a car, you’re not alone, but sometimes an engine is simply better than its competitors. Not only do Mazda’s engines best the Sonic on power, they’re more efficient as well:

  • The standard 2016 Mazda3 5-door SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder engine is rated at an EPA-estimated 40 mpg/highway and 30 mpg/city when paired to the SKYACTIV®*-Drive 6-speed automatic.
  • Models equipped with the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder have an advanced i-Eloop regenerative braking technology available that helps make them even more efficient, earning 39 mpg/highway and 28 mpg/city with the SKYACTIV®*-Drive 6-speed automatic.
  • The 2016 Chevy Sonic’s 1.8L four-cylinder manages 35 mpg/highway and 24 mpg/city with the automatic transmission.
  • 2016 Sonic models with the turbocharged engine receive a slight boost in fuel economy to 40 mpg/highway and 29 mpg/city on the base trim (the fuel economy drops on upper trim levels of the Sonic).

Standard Features

The 2016 Mazda3 5-door standard features are some of the most advanced in its class, as Mazda starts the model with the Touring trim level. You’ll find these features on the Mazda, but they require an upgrade on the Sonic if they are available at all:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Sunroof
  • Six-speaker stereo
  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Blind-spot monitor

The Sonic certainly has some comparable features, but Chevy thinks you should have to upgrade for them – the only real similarity between the tech amenities is a standard Bluetooth phone and audio for both.

Test Drive a 2016 Mazda3 5-door Near Tampa and Sarasota at Cox Mazda

We want to put you behind the wheel of the 2016 Mazda3 5-door to show you what it’s capable of. Tampa and Sarasota residents can take a test drive six days a week at Cox Mazda; we’re at 3101 CORTEZ ROAD WEST in Bradenton. Contact our sales team online or give us a call at (941) 749-2790 to set up your visit.