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Mazda 3 vs. Toyota Corolla

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Mazda 3

2016 Mazda Mazda3
$433
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Toyota Corolla

2016 Toyota Corolla
$367
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Mazda 3 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $433 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the 3 is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Excellent

The Toyota Corolla Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $367 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Corolla is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$433
inexpensive
very expensive
$367
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
way too often
0.3
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
minor issues
major issues
8%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(25 Reviews)
(186 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(4)
4 star
(11)
3 star
(6)
2 star
(4)
1 star
(0)

The Mazda Mazda3 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.

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“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile tires, while good looking, make the ride a tad rough. I know it's a sporty little wagon but you defini...”

Rating Details
5 star
(30)
4 star
(85)
3 star
(45)
2 star
(13)
1 star
(3)

The Toyota Corolla ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.

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“Many of my friends drive a toyota because they know how reliable these cars are.”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla are both compact cars. The Mazda3 is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback, while the Toyota Corolla is a four-door sedan. Both come with front-wheel drive.

The Mazda3 clearly outdoes the Toyota Corolla on power, both standard and optional. The Mazda3’s standard engine has 155 horsepower, a significant advantage over the Corolla’s 132 standard horses. The difference grows for their optional engines, where the Mazda3’s 184-horsepower maximum blows away the Corolla’s 140-horsepower top engine. If you like plenty of power for highway driving, the Mazda has it.

The Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla are closely matched in interior and trunk space, sedan to sedan. The Mazda3 has 96.3 cubic feet of passenger space, and 12.4 cubic feet in the trunk. The Corolla gives you 97.1 cubic feet of passenger space and 13 cubic feet of trunk space, for slightly more room overall. But the real hauling champion is the Mazda3 hatchback, with its 47.1 cubic feet of space when you fold down the back seats.

The Mazda3 leads this comparison for its power advantage, its hatchback versatility and its outstanding fun-to-drive qualities. But the Toyota Corolla offers adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and automated emergency braking, standard on every model. Try them both and see which one you prefer.

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