2019 Mazda3 Vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla

Cobalt blue 2020 Toyota Corolla and dark grey 2019 Mazda3, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

The 2019 Mazda3 has been receiving acclaim from across the automotive spectrum. It continues to gather much-deserved attention for its pleasurable ride, smooth handling, and upscale interior. This is one vehicle that doesn’t cease to impress.

A recent challenger in the compact car segment is the 2020 Toyota Corolla. Now, we know it may seem ambitious to pit a vehicle made for the 2019 model year against one released for 2020, but that’s just how good the 2019 Mazda3 is; it defies generations.

But don’t just listen to us. Let’s see how the numbers stack up between the 2019 Mazda3 and 2020 Toyota Corolla.

2019 Mazda3


2020 Toyota Corolla

$21,000 Starting MSRP $19,500
2.5 L 4-Cylinder Engine Options 1.8 L 4-Cylinder, 2.0 L 4- Cylinder
186 hp Horsepower 139 to 169 hp
186 pound-feet Torque 126 to 151 pound-feet
13.2 to 20.1 cubic feet Cargo Space 13.1 cubic feet
Available All-Wheel Drive? Not Available
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Though the lower starting price of the 2020 Toyota Corolla may initially catch your eye, turn to key factors such as performance and interior quality to see the amount of value that the 2019 Mazda3 really brings to the table. The standard, base engine of the 2019 Mazda3 currently comes with all trim levels, and delivers a continuously impressive level of oomph.

The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that comes standard in the 2019 Mazda3 beats out both the standard and available engine offerings for the 2020 Toyota Corolla, as represented in the superior horsepower and torque. Reviewers confirm that the 2020 Toyota Corolla performs far below that delivered by the 2019 Mazda3. And to outfit your 2020 Corolla with an engine that even moves up close to the capability of the 2019 Mazda3, you’ll have to shell out, at minimum, $21,950 for the SE CVT trim. That’s already more expensive than the base 2019 Mazda3.

The 2019 Mazda3 also blows away the competition with its upscale interior quality. Whereas the 2020 Toyota Corolla is outfitted with minimalist styling and an average quality of material, the 2019 Mazda3 is outfitted in the premium, stylish manner that Mazda is known for.