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2020 Mazda3 Hatchback vs 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The Hatchback design has waned in popularity during the continuing rise of the SUV, but these two won’t be going away too soon. The Mazda3 Hatchback is designed in a similar vein to the subcompact SUV Mazda CX-3 but still looks more like the Mazda3 inside and out. So, how does it compare to the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, especially a year after its 2019 redesign?

Without getting lost in the details, hatchbacks are designed for young, budget-minded drivers more than anyone else. For that reason, the highlights of a hatchback are its engine power, entertainment quality, and cargo capacity. Neither is the cheapest car on the market, but they do both provide generous features for their price.

2020 Mazda3 Hatchback vs 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

2020 Mazda3 Hatchback


2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

SKYACTIV-G® 2.5L Inline 4-Cylinder Engine 2.0L Inline 4-Cylinder
Bose® 12-Speaker System
Premium Audio
JBL® 8-Speaker System
AM/FM, USB, Auxiliary, Satellite
Audio Inputs
AM/FM, USB, Satellite
Regular* Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)
Available i-ACTIV® AWD Drive Type Standard FWD

Comparison Analysis

Shoppers looking for a hatchback will find the Mazda3 hatchback and the Corolla hatchback are almost the same size and have similar profiles but will notice a big difference in performance. The Mazda3 hatchback engine is bigger, sounds sportier, and generates more horsepower and torque. Pair that stronger engine with available i-ACTIV® AWD and the Mazda offering soars above the Toyota.

College students and other young car shoppers will appreciate both sound systems in both vehicles, but the Mazda3 hatchback comes out on top again. With more speakers, auxiliary input, and trusted Bose® craftsmanship, the Mazda3 hatchback sounds better. Finally, traveling musicians, athletes, and other people who need to make use of every inch of cargo space will find much more in the Mazda3 hatchback, even though the two vehicles are almost the same size on the outside.

*Regular refers to cargo capacity with all seats locked upright.