Comparing the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda3: Which Is Right for You?

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Take a look at the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda3 to figure out which of these models is better for you. Both vehicles are compact sedans with seating for five and a small enough footprint to make parking a breeze. They have similar pricing, efficiency and features, but the Toyota Corolla pulls ahead in a few key areas.

Toyota Corolla Pricing

Although the difference isn’t very large, the Toyota Corolla is more affordable than the Mazda3. The Corolla has a starting MSRP of $17,300* while the Mazda3 starts at $17,845*. Both of these are more affordable than the average compact sedan, but the Corolla’s lower price helps put buying a new sedan within most people’s reach. It also gives you the opportunity to upgrade and add features or premium options for a lower price.

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Toyota Corolla Interior Space

Putting the Corolla and Mazda3 side by side shows you what a difference there can be within the compact sedan segment. The two models have nearly identical front-seat dimensions, with 38.6 inches of headroom in the Mazda3 and 38.3 in the Corolla and 42.2 and 42.3 inches, respectively, for legroom. The bigger difference takes place in the rear seat in terms of legroom. Most Louisiana drivers probably expect rear legroom similar to the Mazda3’s 35.8 inches in a compact model.

The Toyota Corolla, however, proves that you can have much more room than this to stretch out thanks to its 41.4 inches of legroom. This makes the Corolla perfect for adult rear-seat passengers, teens, or tall children while only children and smaller teens or adults would be comfortable in the Mazda’s second row. The Corolla also has an extra 0.6 inches of cargo space than the Mazda3 sedan.

When you are ready to make the 2016 Toyota Corolla your next sedan, visit Ray Brandt Toyota in Kenner, Louisiana, to configure your model.

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*MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excludes tax, license, registration, and options. A delivery, processing, and handling fee may be charged separately. Dealer prices may vary.