2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Toyota Corolla: Head to Head

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Mazda3 vs. Corolla: Which Compact Car Is Right for You?

The Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla are similar in size, though they are very different in design. The Mazda3 is sleeker and sportier, while the Spartan Corolla finds its success in function, practicality, and reliability.

To say that the Corolla has been a success is a blatant understatement. In fact, it’s the best-selling car of all time, having sold over 40 million copies worldwide. In terms of U.S. popularity and sales, few compact cars top the Corolla. However, the Mazda3 has been reasonably popular for over ten years, with sales averaging over 100,000 per year in the U.S. alone.

Toyota completely redesigned the Corolla for the 2017 model year, which was also the car’s 50th anniversary. The 2018 model sees no major changes.

The Mazda3 came to market in 2003 and saw its last full redesign in 2014. It has seen plenty of updates since, as well as a 2017 refresh.

Using U.S. News scoring data, we’ve put the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla head to head in the categories that matter most to compact car buyers. Remember that we update U.S. News scores regularly as new expert reviews and data become available. So, the scores in this slideshow may not match the scores in our rankings.

Read through the following slides to learn which compact car comes out ahead.

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