2021 Toyota Corolla vs. 2021 Mazda3 at Stampede Toyota

2021 Toyota Corolla vs. 2021 Mazda3 at Stampede Toyota in Calgary, Alberta

Sleek and sporty, the 2021 Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 are intriguing options for those looking for a cost-efficient compact sedan. But the question then arises, are they both cost efficient? Learn more about what is found in, and separates, the 2021 Corolla and 2021 Mazda3 at Calgary’s very own Stampede Toyota!

Design & Features

Toyota Corolla Design

The 2021 Toyota Corolla offers style cues that belie its actual cost, whether it be the J-shaped bi-beam LED headlamps or the aggressive front fascia and wide stance. A driver-focused cockpit starts with an ergonomic instrument panel, providing exceptional visibility along with easy access to everything you could need inside your sedan. Sport Cloth seats are found on the base trim, while SofTex leather is available on higher trims—not to mention even more sporty appeal found in racing-inspired rides like the Corolla S Line or Apex Edition.

Mazda3 Design

The 2021 Mazda3 offers some intriguing if not polarizing design, with a blunt front end housing its grille along with an even blunter rear end. The Mazda3 seems to be torn between being a sedan and a hatchback, with a shape falling somewhere in between the two. Mazda claims to offer a “less is more” design philosophy, but if it really offers more visual appeal than the Corolla is up to you. Likewise, the human-centric interior is designed for ease, but lacks the panache found in the Toyota offering.

Specifications:2021 Toyota Corolla L CVT2021 Mazda3 Sedan LX
Length4630 mm4640 mm
Width 1780 mm2076 mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm2700 mm
Cargo Volume371-litres428-litres

Performance & Capability

Both the 2021 Toyota Corolla and 2021 Mazda3 make the most of their relatively small engines, with Mazda’s base 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G going head-to-head with the Corolla’s 1.8-litre engine. Similar to the Hyundai Elantra, Mazda has made the odd choice of offering a 6-speed manual as the transmission of choice in its base models. Those that can drive a manual transmission might be excited at the prospect, however it simply doesn’t offer the same ease of driving and smooth shifting found thanks to Toyota’s CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Those looking for even more power can upgrade to the 169 horsepower Toyota engine, while a choice of two additional engines can be found in the Mazda3—though these choices come with a pretty hefty price tag.

Specifications:2021 Toyota Corolla L CVT2021 Mazda3 LX
Engine1.8L 4-cylinder DOHCSkyactiv-G 2.0L DOHC
TransmissionCVT6-speed manual


Much has been said about the 2021 Toyota Corolla and its Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite of technology (including Pre-Collision System with Daytime/Low-Light Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection plus Daytime Bicycle Detection, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beams, and the available Full Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control feature. Other features, like Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert that come both standard and optional depending on the trim, help set the 2021 Corolla apart in terms of safety features. The Mazda3 also offers features like Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert standard, though the inclusion of features like rain-sensing windshield wipers seem a little inconsequential when you look at everything offered in the Corolla.



Toyota Corolla vs. Mazda3 Verdict

The 2021 Mazda3 beats out the 2021 Toyota Corolla in terms of horsepower, and we’ll leave it to you to determine which you enjoy the looks of more, but when it comes to safety features and overall value the Toyota Corolla just can’t be beat. It’s not just the MSRP, starting below that of the Mazda3, but rather the included features. From the easy-driving CVT to the more useful safety features, the 2021 Toyota Corolla is simply a more complete package.

Whether you’re looking for a smart sedan like the Corolla, a best-selling SUV like the RAV4, or a rough and tumble truck like the Tundra, you’ll find it at Calgary’s Stampede Toyota. With a huge selection of both new and pre-owned vehicles, to vehicle financing, service, parts, accessories, and more, we’re the first word when it comes to Toyota in Alberta!

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