Toyota Corolla Hatchback Vs. Mazda3

By Justin Cupler | March 29th, 2019

Small hatchbacks offer the ability to haul people and cargo wherever you’re going without moving up to a larger crossover or SUV. The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and 2018 Mazda3 offer this versatility and more, but which is the better buy for our Waukegan area shoppers? Find out below.


On the outside, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Mazda3 both have sharp appearances, but they cater to different buyer types. The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback caters to a younger crowd with its more aggressive styling that includes squinty headlights, a large air inlet, forward-sloping rear glass, Supra-like taillights, and faux trapezoidal exhaust outlets.


The Mazda3’s Kodo design is tuned more toward more established buyers with its mature and refined look and lack of anything overly sporty. The 2018 Mazda3 still looks great — it just won’t be as attractive to certain types of buyers.

In terms of size, the 2018 Mazda3 is significantly larger than the 2019 Corolla Hatchback, especially in length, where it it 5.7 inches longer. Despite being so much larger, the Mazda3 is significantly lighter.


Measurement 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2018 Mazda3 Difference
Length 169.9 inches 175.6 inches -5.7 inches
Width 69.9 inches 70.7 inches -0.8 inches
Height 57.1 inches 57.3 inches -0.2 inches
Wheelbase 103.9 inches 106.3 inches -2.4 inches
Ground Clearance 5.1 inches 6.1 inches 1 inch
Curb weight 3,060 pounds 2,875 to 2,940 pounds +120 to +185 pounds


Advantage: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

  • Sportier body
  • Smaller footprint

Advantage: 2018 Mazda3

  • More refined appearance
  • Looks more upscale than its brand alludes to


Inside, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is surprisingly upscale with its available leather-and-cloth seats, soft-touch dash, leatherette dash inserts, and more. Even in its standard setup, the Corolla Hatchback boasts premium goodies that include super-comfortable seating, an 8-inch touchscreen, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and much more. Safety is also huge in the Corolla Hatchback with its standard automatic emergency brakes, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, and more.

The Mazda3 also features a stylish cabin, but it comes up short with its 7-inch standard touchscreen, lack of standard Apple CarPlay, and limited standard advanced safety equipment. Where the Mazda3 makes up for its feature shortcomings is its roominess, as it beats the Corolla Hatchback in nearly every measurable, especially in the rear seat.

Measurement 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2018 Mazda3 Difference
Front headroom 38.4 inches 38.6 inches -0.2 inches
Front legroom 42 inches 42.2 inches -0.2 inches
Front  shoulder room 54 inches 57.2 inches -3.2 inches
Front hip room 53.9 inches 55.5 inches -1.6 inches
Rear headroom 38 inches 37.6 inches +0.4 inches
Rear legroom 29.9 inches 35.8 inches -5.9 inches
Rear shoulder room 54.4 inches 54.4 inches
Rear hip room 45.5 inches 53.5 inches -8 inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 18 cubic feet 20.2 cubic feet -2.2 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded)
47.1 cubic feet


Advantage: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

  • More tech features
  • Tons of standard safety equipment

Advantage: 2018 Mazda3

  • Much more space


The 2019 Corolla Hatchback and 2018 Mazda have similarities in the performance department, as both focus on delivery an exciting drive though neither is a sports car. The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback’s 168-horsepower 2.0-liter engine sprints it to 60 mpg in 7.5 seconds, making is 0.4 seconds quicker than the base Mazda3 and a tenth of a second slower than the Mazda3 with the 2.5-liter engine.

Both models also deliver decent handling, though the Mazda3 is better suited for twisties. In the fuel economy department, though, the CVT-equipped Corolla Hatch delivers up to 4 more miles per gallon.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2018 Mazda3 Difference
Engine 2.0-liter 4-cyl 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 168 hp at 6,600 rpm 155 hp at 6,000 rpm +13 hp
Torque 151 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm 150 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm +1 lb-ft
Standard Transmission Six-speed manual Six-speed manual
Optional Transmission CVT Six-speed automatic
0-60 time 7.5 seconds 7.9 seconds -0.4 seconds
MPG City 28 to 32 mpg 27 to 28 mpg +1 to +4 mpg
MPG Highway 37 to 42 mpg 37 to 38 mpg 0 to +4 mpg
MPG Combined 31 to 36 mpg 31 to 32 mpg 0 to +4 mpg
Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cyl
184 hp at 5,700 rpm -16 mph
185 lb-ft at 3,250 rpm -34 lb-ft
Standard Transmission
Six-speed manual
Optional Transmission
Six-speed automatic
0-60 time
7.4 seconds +0.1 seconds
MPG City
26 to 27 mpg +2 to +5 mpg
MPG Highway
35 to 36 mpg +2 to +6 mpg
MPG Combined
30 mpg +1 to +6 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Toyota Corolla

  • Significantly quicker than the base Mazda3
  • Up to 4 mpg more

Advantage: 2019 Mazda3

  • Better handling

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback has a simple lineup with two sporty trim levels: SE and XSE. Starting prices for these trims are $19,990 and $22,990, respectively.


The 2018 Mazda3 has three trim levels — Sport, Touring, and Grand touring — and starting prices range from $19,345 to $23,895.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SE: $19,990

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission with i-MT rev matching
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • Electric parking brake with brake hold
  • LED reflector headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Dark gray grille surround
  • Body-color mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 16-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels
  • Chrome rear diffuser
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • One 12-volt power outlet
  • Two USB 2.0 charging ports
  • Entune 3.0 Audio infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Scout GPS link
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • In-Car Wi-Fi
  • Single-zone automatic climate control
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Cyclist detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Road-edge detection
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Road-sign recognition
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Hill-start assist


XSE: $22,990

  • All SE features, plus
  • 18-inch machined alloy wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Chrome grill surround
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-and-fabric seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • 7-inch multi-information screen
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with App Suite
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Blind Spot Monitor


2018 Mazda3 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Sport: $19,345

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Electric parking brake
  • 16-inch alloy wheel
  • Black beltline trim
  • Daytime running lights
  • Matte-finish grille
  • Halogen headlights
  • Power, body-color mirrors
  • Body-color rear roof spoiler
  • One-speed rear wiper
  • Two-speed windshield wiper with variable intermittent
  • Cargo area light
  • Cruise control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power windows with driver’s one-touch-pu9/down
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless ignition
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Silver inside door handle surround
  • Satin silver inner door handle
  • Carpeted front and rear floor mats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth seating
  • Urethane shifter knob
  • Piano black shifter bezel
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Aha, Pandora, and Stitcher internet radio
  • SMS text messaging
  • Two USB ports
  • Rearview camera
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking


Touring: $20,840

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • 18-inch Dark Silver finish alloy wheels
  • Bright beltline trimming
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry
  • Leatherette door trim
  • Satin-silver HVAC vent bezels
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • Black leatherette seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Satin-silver steering wheel spokes
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert


Grand Touring: $23,895

  • All Touring features, plus
  • Bi-LED headlights with auto-leveling
  • LED taillights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Black metallic-finish grille insert
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Digital speedometer
  • Bose nine-speaker audio system
  • Color Active Driving Display
  • Moonroof
  • Perforated leather upholstery
  • SiriusXM

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback?


The sporty and youthful 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is great for younger buyers with no kids or young kids.

Who Should Buy the 2018 Mazda3?

More established buyers who need more room to haul adult friends around or older children will appreciate the larger cabin in the 2018 Mazda3.


Come find out what the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback has to offer in person with a test drive here at Garber Fox Lake Toyota serving the Waukegan area. Whether you commute daily to  McHenry or just run to Crystal Lake to visit family occasionally, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback can get you there efficiently and in style. If you can’t make it to our Waukegan area showroom for a test drive today, you can check out our online inventory, choose the 2019 Corolla Hatchback that meets your needs and schedule a test drive later.


* MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $930 for Cars (Yaris LB, Yaris Sedan, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, GR Supra), $1,095 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

** 2019 Corolla Hatchback XSE with automatic transmission preliminary 30 city/38 hwy/33 combined mpg estimates determined by Toyota. EPA ratings not available at time of posting. Actual mileage will vary.