Identifying the two leading small-car contenders today is not really difficult. While the market-leader Toyota has been always presence on the top-rungs of the ladder with the Corolla, it has been for a very long time playing game of swap-the-lead with Mazda and its ever-present 3. And now the game is hitting up with the new Mazda3 in hatchback as well as sedan form to take on the present Corolla. Toyota has just added an amazing sedan to its eleventh-generation Corolla line-up, joining the hatch that went on sale late yesteryear.
The Mazda 3 is 1,57″ (40mm) shorter when compared to Corolla but with the very same wheelbase, 106,2 (2700mm), it has a feline face, sleek lines and muscle haunches, instead of the appliance-styled rival. The cabin of Mazda is youthful but space, particularly rear legroom is limited and same goes for the 408L boot.
While the new Toyota Corolla sedan is 3,14″ (80mm) longer compared to the previous model at 181,8 (4620mm), it is hard to call this a small auto. The extra 3,93″ (100mm) of wheelbase indicates more cabin space and the rear legroom is just exceptional. Boot space is likewise terrific at 16,5 cubic ft (470L). The cockpit is refined and conventional much like the exterior.
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The 2015 Mazda 3 is among the best-driving small cars with efficient engines as well as smooth transmissions, which help give it more exceptional feel than its cost would suggest. The Mazda 3 possesses a punchier engine powered by a stronger 2.0-litre 4-cylinder (114kW/200Nm) that Mazda claims burns 91-RON at 5.8 L/100km in 6-speed manual guise (EU-spec). EPA estimated fuel consumption is 30 mpg in city, 41 mpg in highway and 34 mpg combined. Suspension set-up is MacPherson strut-front as well as multilink rear.
While the 2015 Toyota Corolla still maintains its reputation for frugality and low running costs, but there is no really a lot more beyond that, making this an appealing lineup. Toyota corolla carries overs 1.8-litre 4-cylinder (103kW/173Nm) with less power and torque. By trimming 55,1 lbs (25kg) and also improving the aerodynamics, the manufacturer claims 7.0 L/100km of 91-RON for the 6-speed manual. EPA rating for the same car is 28 cty/37 hwy/31 combined. It matches the Mazda’s front-strut suspension but has torsion beam rear.
Both cars in comparable spec level: the Mazda 3 Touring start at $27,490 (plus the on-road costs) and the Toyota Corolla ZR start at $30,990 (plus ORCs).
Considering Mazda’s reputation for flinging-down challenges to its opposition, the new-gen 3 came with huge expectations. And it has truly delivered with remarkable new levels of technology, design and safety that ought to carry the sedan through its life cycle, and also keep up to the ongoing competitive advantages in this viciously fought segment of the new small car market. However, the Mazda is more refined road-behaviors with its slightly superior efficiency and claimed fuel economy, and also a better interior, with more comfortable seating which tend to be more promising for long-lasting ownership.
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The significantly lower purchase cost give another advantage too, as do the available high tech safety aids. So it is a win for the Mazda3, but just by the very slimmest of margins. There’re some reasons why some people might prefer the Toyota Corolla, but eventually, it‘s still the Mazda3 that attract more.
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