Toyota Corolla Hatchback Vs. Mazda3 Hatchback

By Justin Cupler | July 23rd, 2019

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback are all-new this year and bring fresh faces and performance to the segment. While they have many similarities, the MAzda3 and Corolla Hatchback target different buyers in the Fox Lake area. Which is the better buy for you? Find out below. 


The Mazda3 Hatchback and Toyota Corolla Hatchback are both all-new for 2019, as the Mazda has gone through a full redesign and the Corolla Hatchback just returned after a long hiatus. The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback boasts a bold face that includes a massive lower grille, LED headlights, and gloss-black accents. Around back, the liftgate slants forward, adding to its sporty look, while faux dual exhaust tips on the rear fascia round out the look. 

Opt for the Corolla’s XSE trim, and it looks even sharper with its standard LED fog lights and 18-inch wheels. 


The all-new 2019 Mazda3 takes the brand’s KODO design to a new level with a longer nose, a forward-leaning grille, a rounded rear liftgate, LED lighting, 18-inch wheels, and more that makes this compact hatchback look more premium than its price tag implies. 

Though they are both compact hatchbacks, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback is significantly smaller than the Mazda3 Hatchback. This makes it a better buy for folks who deal with heavy city traffic or often park in tight spaces. 


Measurement 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback Difference
Length 172 inches 175.6 inches -3.6 inches
Width 70.5 inches 70.7 inches -0.2 inches
Height 57.1 inches 56.7 inches +0.4 inches
Wheelbase 103.9 inches 107.3 inches -3.6 inches
Ground Clearance 5.1 inches 5.5 inches -0.4 inches
Curb weight 3,060 pounds 3,082 to 3,255 pounds -22 to -195 pounds


Advantage: 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback

  • Upscale-looking body
  • Larger standard wheels
  • Standard rain-sensing wipers

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

  • Sporty new look
  • Tons of value with standard LED lighting
  • Smaller and easier to manage


Inside, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback boasts a clean interior with tons of horizontal lines to visually widen the cabin. It is also surprisingly upscale with its leatherette-wrapped dashboard and tech-focused with its Entune 8-inch infotainment system, standard Apple CarPlay, and more.

The 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback boasts an even more upscale interior with its standard leatherette seating, leatherette door panels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8.8-inch center infotainment screen, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The latter puts the Mazda3 slightly ahead of the Corolla, as the Toyota hatchback does not offer Android Auto. All this added luxury comes at a much higher price tag in the Mazda3. 

In terms of seating room, the Corolla Hatchback has a big advantage in headroom, making it great for taller drivers. In the rear seats, though, the Mazda3 has a 5.2-inch legroom advantage, making it a better buy for families with older children. The Mazda3 also as a 2.3-cubic-foot cargo room advantage, which comes with the larger body.  


Measurement 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback Difference
Front headroom 38.4 inches 37.5 to 38 inches +0.9 to +0.4 inches
Front legroom 42 inches 42.3 inches -0.3 inches
Front shoulder room 53.9 inches 55.7 inches -1.8 inches
Front hip room 53.9 inches 54.6 inches -0.7 inches
Rear headroom 37.6 inches 36.5 to 37.2 inches +1.1 to +0.4 inches
Rear legroom 29.9 inches 35.1 inches -5.2 inches
Rear shoulder room 54.5 inches 53.4 inches +1.1 inches
Rear hip room 45.5 inches 50.9 inches -5.4 inches
Cargo room (rear seats upright) 17.8 cubic feet 20.1 cubic feet -2.3 cubic feet
Cargo room (rear seats folded) N/A N/A


Advantage: 2019 Mazda3

  • Surprisingly luxurious interior
  • Tons of premium features
  • Standard Android Auto
  • Roomier rear seats

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

  • More headroom for taller drivers
  • Tons of value 
  • Great standard safety gear with a low starting price


The 2019 Toyota Corolla introduced a new engine to this lineup: the 2.0-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder. This powerplant pumps out 168 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque through a standard continuously variable transmission or an optional six-speed manual with rev-match. This delivers a 7.5-second 0-to-60 time with the manual transmission and an 8.5-second sprint time with the CVT while getting amazing fuel economy. 

The Mazda3 has more power with a standard 2.5-liter four-pot that delivers 186 horsepower. This engine pairs with a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission and has optional all-wheel drive for snowy climates. This adds up to a seven-second 0-to-60 sprint with front-wheel drive and a 7.2-second sprint with all-wheel drive. While it is quicker than the Corolla Hatchback, there is a tradeoff in fuel economy. 

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback Difference
Engine 2.0-liter 4-cyl 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 168 hp at 6,600 rpm 186 hp at 6,000 rpm -18 hp
Torque 155 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm 186 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm -31 lb-ft
Standard transmission CVT 6-spd manual
Optional transmission 6-spd manual with rev-match 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD FWD (std) / AWD (opt)
0-60 time 7.5 to 8.5 seconds 7 to 7.2 seconds +0.3 to +1.5 seconds
MPG City 28 to 32 mpg 24 to 26 mpg +2 to +8 mpg
MPG Highway 37 to 42 mpg  32 to 35 mpg +2 to +10 mpg
MPG Combined 31 to 36 mpg 27 to 30 mpg +1 to +9 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Mazda3

  • More base power
  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Available all-wheel drive

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

  • Great fuel economy
  • Rev-matching manual

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback comes in just two trim levels, SE and XSE, and their starting prices range from $20,140 to $23,140. 


The 2019 Mazda3 doesn’t have trims, per se. Instead, it has its standard trim plus two packages, Preferred and Premium. The 2019 Mazda3 lineup ranges from $25,000 to $28,900. 

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SE: $20,140

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Dynamic Shift continuously variable transmission 
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold
  • Electric power steering
  • LED headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Dark-gray front grille surround
  • Body-color, heated, power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 16-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels
  • Chrome rear diffuser
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Cloth sport seats
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Rear center armrest with cup holders
  • Premium-leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Sport mode
  • Entune 3.0 infotainment system with App Suite
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Scout GPS Link
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Amazon Alexa
  • USB 2.0 data port
  • Two USB 2.0 charging ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Smart key with push-button ignition
  • Covered center console with armrest
  • One 12-volt power outlet
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Steering assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  • Road-sign assist
  • Lane-tracing assist
  • Hill-start assist
  • Anti-theft with immobilizer


XSE: $23,140

  • All SE features, plus
  • 18-inch machined alloy wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 7-inch customizable multi-information display
  • Leather sport seats
  • Heated seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus infotainment system
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Blind-spot monitoring

2019 Mazda3 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Standard: $25,000

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • G-Vectoring Control Plus
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Black metallic grille
  • LED headlights with automatic on/off
  • LED taillights 
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Body-color, power mirrors
  • Rear wiper
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cargo-area light
  • Cargo cover
  • Center console armrest with covered storage
  • Cruise control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Leatherette door trim
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Advanced keyless entry
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Power door locks
  • Rear armrest with cup holders
  • Keyless ignition
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Leatherette seating
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power windows with driver-side one-touch down/up
  • 7-inch instrument display
  • Eight-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Mazda Connect infotainment system
  • 8.8-inch center display
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Mobile 911
  • HD Radio
  • Pandora internet radio
  • SMS text messaging
  • Two USB audio inputs
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Brake assist
  • Driver attention warning
  • Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer
  • Automatic high-beam control
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
  • Rearview camera


Preferred Package: $26,600

  • All standard features, plus
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • Aluminum speaker grilles
  • 12-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Outside mirror memory
  • Heated front seats
  • Shark-fin antenna
  • SiriusXM radio


Premium Package: $28,900

  • All Preferred Package features, plus
  • 18-inch black alloy wheels
  • Active Driving Display
  • Adaptive front lighting
  • Front and rear LED signature lighting
  • Leather seating
  • Power moonroof
  • Paddle shifters (automatic transmission only)

Who Should Buy the 2019 Mazda3?

Buyers with deeper pocket who seek a hatchback that blends everything together will love all the Mazda3 combination of zippy performance, premium interior, and upscale design. Plus, buyers with growing children will appreciate all the extra room in the back seat and cargo area. 

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback?

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback’s low price tag and sportier look align well with the younger crowd that seeks more fun than function. Not that the Corolla doesn’t have plenty of function with its roomy front seats. 


Ready to test drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and see what it offers? Swing by Garber Fox Lake Toyota serving the Waukegan, McHenry, and Crystal Lake areas today to take it for a spin. Can’t make it by today? Navigate to our online inventory page to check out our in-stock 2019 Corolla Hatchback models, choose one that suits your needs, and schedule a future test drive.