The 2015 Mazda3 vs. the 2015 Hyundai Elantra

2015 Mazda3 5-door Red s Grand Touring
2015 Hyundai Elantra

The 2015 Mazda3 is the ideal car to handle your daily drive around Tampa and also take you on fun trips along the coast. This sporty, fuel-efficient model is available now at Cox Mazda in Bradenton, and it’s definitely worth the trip from Tampa or Sarasota to come check it out in person. To illustrate just home impressive this compact sedan is, we’ve compared it head to head with the similar compact 2015 Hyundai Elantra sedan.


Drivers looking to get a great car at an affordable price can stretch their car-buying budget further by selecting a 2015 Mazda3. Not only do its initial trims come in under the Elantra, but Mazda also gives drivers more trim options.

2015 Mazda3 5-door White s Touring

  • 2015 Mazda3 iSV: $16,945
  • 2015 Mazda3 iSport: $18,445
  • 2015 Mazda3 iTouring: $19,595
  • 2015 Mazda3 iGrand Touring: $22,745
  • 2015 Mazda3 sTouring: $23,845
  • 2015 Mazda3 sGrand Touring: $25,045

2015 Hyundai Elantra

  • 2015 Hyundai Elantra SE: $17,250
  • 2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport: $21,600
  • 2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited: $21,700

Performance Specs

2015 Mazda3 5-door engine croppedBoth the 2015 Hyundai Elantra and the Mazda3 have two powertrain options, but that’s where the similarities end. If you’re looking for a small car with plenty of pep, you’ll want to choose the newest Mazda3:

  • 2015 Mazda3 Specs: The new Mazda3 is powered by either a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that puts out 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, or a bigger 2.5L four-cylinder that can displace 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional.
  • 2015 Hyundai Elantra: The base trim of the 2015 Hyundai Elantra comes with a 1.8L four-cylinder that reaches just 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. Higher level trims come with a 2.0L four-cylinder that delivers a lackluster 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. Both engines pale in comparison to the Mazda3. All trim comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission with a six-speed automatic available.


2015 Mazda3 Driving MPGCompact cars are in general more efficient than their larger counterparts, but why pay more for gas than you need to? In a 2015 Mazda3 sedan, you can go further between fill-ups driving on both city streets and highways than in the Elantra:

  • 2015 Mazda3 MPG: The EPA has rated the Mazda3 at 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway in the 2.0L engine, or 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway in the 2.5L engine.
  • 2015 Hyundai Elantra: Despite having less power, the Elantra is rated at 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway with the 1.8L engine, and 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with the 2.0L engine. Get ready to spend more month to month if you choose the Hyundai.


The 2015 Mazda3 has a longer and more luxurious list of features than the 2015 Hyundai Elantra. Plus, with twice as many trims to offer, the Mazda3 gives Tampa-area drivers the ability to outfit their vehicle exactly as they’d like.

  • 2015 Mada3 iSV vs. 2015 Hyundai Elantra SE: The biggest difference between the base trims is that drivers have the option to upgrade their basic Mazda3 to be much nicer. Optional features include navigation, alloy wheels, and a telematics system. None of these are available in the base Elantra.
  • 2015 Mazda3 higher end trims2015 Mazda3 iTouring vs. 2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport: Again, the difference between these two trims boils down to options. Mazda drivers can add a moonroof, automatic, dual-zone climate controls, and a navigation aid. You won’t be able to find any of those features on the Elantra Sport.
  • 2015 Mazda3 sGrand Touring vs. 2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport: If you are looking for a premium-feeling vehicle at an accessible price, this Mazda trim is the clear choice. It comes with blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross traffic alert, ultra-bright headlights, and rain sensing wipers. Even at its highest trim, the Elantra doesn’t come with any of those features.

Safety Ratings

2015 Mazda3 SafetyDriving is a lot more fun when you know you are protected against the hazards of the roadway. The 2015 Mazda3 does more to help you avoid accidents and minimize the impact of collisions:

  • NHTSA Safety Ratings: In government crash tests, the Mazda3 receive a perfect five-star overall rating and perfect ratings in frontal and side-impact crashes. The Elantra received just four stars in front-impact crashes.
  • IIHS Safety Ratings: In insurance industry tests, the Mazda3 earned the highest score in every category. The Elantra, by contrast, was rated at just average in the small overlap front test, a test which mimics a common frontal collision.


Get More for Less in a 2015 Mazda3

In all the areas where it really counts—price, power, efficiency, options—the 2015 Mazda3 wins out over the 2015 Hyundai Elantra. Plus, the Mazda3 has an eye-catching appearance, and a carefully calibrated steering and suspension system that delivers a sporty driving experience. Discover just how fun this car is by visiting Cox Mazda at 3101 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton, FL. We are less than an hour south of Tampa, and easy to reach off of I-75. Come it to check out the newest Mazda3 seven days a week.