2019 Mazda3 Preferred vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra Limited

2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra

Mazda and Hyundai are prominent Asian imports in today’s automobile market. Hyundai is known for its affordable vehicles, whereas Mazda is known for prioritizing the driver experience above all else. So which is the better value?

Let’s compare the 2019 Mazda3 Preferred side-by-side with the 2019 Hyundai Elantra Limited and find out.

2019 Mazda3 Preferred


2019 Hyundai Elantra Limited

$24,200 MSRP $22,700
2.5L inline 4-cyl Engine 2.0L inline 4-cyl
186 hp / 186 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 147 hp / 132 ft-lbs
FWD or AWD Drivetrain FWD
6-speed shiftable automatic Transmission 6-speed shiftable automatic
26 / 35 / 30 mpg Fuel Economy 28 / 37 / 32 mpg

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Surprisingly Quiet & Comfortable

The Elantra being a budget-oriented vehicle is woefully evident when it comes to ride quality. The cabin is full of wind and road noise alike, with the intrusive and coarse engine noise on top of that. The weak engine means that you’ll have to worry the accelerator quite a bit, which leads to continually disruptive outburst from beneath the hood. The jumpy rear suspension adds to ride discomfort, making you experience about every pavement defect you drive over.

Marketed as a sport-sedan, the Mazda3 has athletic suspension that is appropriately stiff when it needs to be but soaks up irregularities surprisingly well, certainly much better than the Elantra. Couple the excellent ride quality with pleasant engine rumble, minimal outside noise, and a classy, understated interior, and the Mazda3 shows itself to be one of the most comfortable sedans (or hatchbacks) on the market.

Spirited Performance and Handling

The Elantra is adequate. It’s slow to accelerate, which makes high traffic environments—like merging onto a highway or rush-hour city navigation—tedious and a bit scary. The Elantra doesn’t have the power to move quickly when you need it to, which isn’t particularly confidence-instilling. This is made much worse by the skittish rear suspension that jumps around even with the smallest bumps.

With about 40 more horsepower and 50 more torque, it comes as no surprise that Mazda3 performs leagues better than the Elantra. The low-end acceleration is smooth and enthusiastic, but the mid rev range is superb response is superb. Coupled with tactile steering and effortless handling, the Mazda3 is a delight to drive.

Would you like to test out a Mazda3? Call us at Hall Mazda and schedule a time that works for you.