2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Mazda3

In terms of securing a new vehicle that will get you from point "A" to point "B," there's no more cost-effective choice than a small sedan. Space for passengers and cargo, a fuel-efficient engine and build, and low-maintenance all define compact sedan ownership--it comes down to details and driving quality when choosing the right model to purchase. Our 2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Mazda3 comparison is designed to help you think through which of these strong small sedan choices is best for your life and budget.

The 2016 Mazda3 4-door sedan might be the best Mazda3 yet. Abundant standard features, impressive fuel economy and enjoyable driving experience all make the Mazda3 a must-drive for anyone shopping this class. However, the SV trim has been dropped for 2016, so the i Sport trim becomes the base model, and it's a little more expensive as such.

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2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Mazda3 4-door
$17,250 MSRP $17,845
1.8L or 2.0L 4-cylinder Engine 2.0L or 2.5L 4-cylinder
14.8 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 12.4 cu. ft.
12 Exterior Color Options 8

One obvious difference between the Mazda3 and the Elantra is exterior styling; the two models are quite different in appearance, and this is likely the first thing that will persuade you to prefer one to the other. The Mazda3 has a more aggressive, larger front end that sacrifices trunk space for the look. The Elantra's look falls more closely in line with current trends in small and subcompact sedan body style, with a sleek front end that optimizes space and aerodynamics.

We'll be the first to admit that it would be difficult to decide between two great cars like the Mazda3 and the 2016 Elantra; here's one more thing to consider, if the fuel efficiency and "zoom zoom" of the Mazda is feeling pretty tempting--for 2016, Hyundai introduces the Elantra Value Edition. You'll get all the most popular, most-requested equipment at a significant savings--the comparable Mazda3 trim is over $1,000 more than 2016 Elantra Value Edition, and here are some of the features you'll be getting with the small Hyundai sedan (that aren't included on Mazda3 i Touring with automatic transmission):

  • Standard heated front seats
  • Standard satellite radio trial
  • More standard trunk space
  • More standard color options

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