Contrasting Cars: 2016 Mazda3 vs. 2016 Toyota Corolla

2016 Mazda3 Blue


2016 Toyota Corolla Black

Toyota Corolla

If you’re in the market for a stylish, fuel-efficient sedan, you may find yourself comparing popular models like the 2016 Mazda3 vs. the 2016 Toyota Corolla. As you explore the features, performance, and various attributes of each vehicle, are you struggling to determine which one will best fit your needs? Never fear, because our buyers guide is here to help you. Keep reading as we compare the Mazda3 and the Corolla side by side. As you’ll see, a clear winner emerges between these two nameplates.


Whether you’re taking kids to school or driving as part of an office carpool, safety concerns are paramount on today’s roads. Fortunately, the Mazda3 boasts exceptional crash test ratings as well as outstanding safety features. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2016 Mazda3 was ranked a Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest rating that agency gives to automobiles. In contrast, the 2016 Corolla was not ranked on the list at all, not even as a lesser Top Safety Pick. The Mazda3 also offers a variety of safety features that the Corolla does not have, including available Smart City Brake Support, which employs forward-mounted sensors to warn of potential collisions and can automatically apply full brake force if an unavoidable crash is detected. The Corolla, in comparison, does not have a collision warning system or crash mitigating brakes. Lane departure warning is another available feature the Mazda3 has that the Corolla doesn’t, as is an available blind spot warning system, an available cross-path warning system, and standard E911 Automatic Emergency Notification.


Various other state-of-the-art features are additionally found onboard the Mazda3 but not on the Toyota Corolla. Included among them are amenities like a hill holder, which keeps the manual transmission Mazda3 models from rolling backward on hills and slopes; a remote vehicle starting system; a heads-up display; available rain-sensing windshield wipers; and available auto-on/off headlights that sense the advent of dusk and dawn and switch on and off accordingly. Other amenities found in the Mazda3 but not the Corolla include:

  • Auto-dimming high beams
  • Adaptive cornering headlights
  • Extendable sun visors
  • Available auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Available dual-zone climate control
  • Available Radar Cruise Control

Engine Power

The Mazda3 further serves up more powerful engine options than the Corolla. The standard 2.0L SKYACTIV G 4-cylinder engine found onboard the Mazda3 i Sport, i Touring, and i Grand Touring trims produces 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. In contrast, the Corolla’s standard 1.8L 4-cylinder DOHC engine with VVT-i generates only 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5L SKYACTIV G engine offered under the hoods of the Mazda3 s Touring and s Grand Touring models delivers 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, while the available 1.8L 4-cylinder DOHC engine with Valvematic technology in the Corolla lineup produces just 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque.

Try Out the Outstanding Mazda3

If you’re ready to experience the superior 2016 Mazda3 for yourself, the team at Triple J Auto is here to help. Simply stop by our facility or contact us today to learn more about this impressive vehicle and to take it for a test drive!