2019 Mazda3 vs Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra

Mazda rolled out the 3 way back in 2003 as a comfortable, practical little sedan that was packed with Mazda quality. Today, we're into the fourth generation of the Mazda 3, and it's up against some pretty stiff competition in its category. Let's see how the Mazda 3 stacks up when it comes to performance, power, safety and features:

Mazda3 Performance

The Mazda 3's 2.5 liter 4-cylinder puts out a respectable 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. That's compared to the Toyota Corolla (132 horsepower), Honda Civic (158 horsepower) and Hyundai Elantra (186 horsepower). That's enough to get the 3 up to 60 mph in a quick 7.0 seconds, compared to 6.8 seconds for the Civic, 7.4 seconds for the Corolla and 9.0 seconds for the Elantra. Stiff competition indeed, but the Mazda 3 holds its own and then some.

Mazda3 Safety and Features

Even the base-model Mazda 3 sedan is packed with the sort of advanced features you'd expect in a Mazda. Things like interactive cruise control, lane departure alerts, rearview camera, lane-keeping assist, smart brake support, blind spot monitoring and Mazda's Dynamic Stability Control all help keep you and your family safe on the road -- it even features a driver attention alert in case you start to doze off.

There's also Mazda's SKYACTIV(r) engine management system, with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation for peak fuel efficiency, and a six-speed automatic transmission. It's available with predictive all-wheel-drive that monitors everything from outside temperature to windshield wiper use and steering inputs, making sure that you've always got surefooted traction in any weather or road conditions.

In the roomy, inviting cabin you'll find an available 12-speaker Bose(r) stereo that lets you experience music like it's supposed to be heard. That's along with the phenomenal MAZDA CONNECT(™) infotainment system, with an 8.8 inch screen, voice command, SMS messaging audio delivery and reply and integration for Apple and Android devices.

Refined and sophisticated, the Mazda 3 is everything you could want in a small sedan. Visit your Wilkins Mazda in Elmhurst, IL and set up a test drive today.