When it's time to scour the East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Easton, Brodheadsville, and Saylorsville areas to find your next stylish sedan, you've got a few different choices out there. If you're faced with choosing either the Mazda3 vs. Hyundai Elantra, you may feel like choosing the right car is an impossible feat. At Ray Price Mazda, we're here to help you by taking a closer look at these sedans to show you how they differ.

Keep reading our Mazda3 vs. Elantra comparison to see what these sedans offer and which one seems like the better choice for you.

MAZDA3 vs Elantra: Engine Specs

The Mazda3 runs on a sporty SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. It's designed to run smoothly and maximize both power and efficiency with Variable Valve Timing (VVT). This powertrain can provide you with 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque.

To manage this engine, you'll have a SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. It delivers precise shifting and quick acceleration with Sport mode. You'll also have the option to take control of your drive with manual-shift mode.

The Hyundai Elantra, on the other hand, falls short in both power and capability. Under the hood, it has a smaller 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. This engine can only offer up to 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. It works with a Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) that isn't as versatile. An automatic transmission that allows you to shift without a clutch is available, but it requires an upgrade.

Sedan Style & Appearance

Despite being in the same automotive class, these sedans are pretty easy to tell apart. The Mazda3 has more character with its body and frame. It features smooth curves and a refined front fascia that give the vehicle a luxurious and performance-based appeal.

The Elantra doesn't have the same allure of the Mazda3 with its overall appearance. Instead, it looks like a run-of-the-mill economy sedan that lacks any clear distinction to make it more noticeable on the road.

The differences between the Mazda3 and Elantra are very noticeable with the exterior of their respective cabins, with the Mazda3 features a smoother and more artistic arch.

Media & Technology Features

The differences with the technology and entertainment features are fairly significant. The Mazda3 comes outfitted with an 8.8-inch high-resolution display that lets the driver access the array of media features through the multifunction Commander control or voice commands.

The Hyundai Elantra features a basic 5-inch display screen and requires an upgrade for the touchscreen. Each vehicle features AM/FM radios and USB/auxiliary inputs to connect external media devices.


Additionally, the Mazda3 includes HD Radio™ and access to radio services, such as Pandora®. The Mazda3 even features the SMS text message audio delivery and reply, which reads your incoming texts aloud and lets you choose between a few preset responses for when you're on the road.

In addition to having a small 5-inch screen, the Hyundai Elantra doesn't even Pandora® or a comparable feature either. Similar to the touchscreen, HD Radio™ is available, but you'd have to upgrade to the higher trim levels to get it. Still, the largest touchscreen you'll get is eight inches, which doesn't match the 8.8-inch display of the Mazda3.

Safety & Driver-Assistance Features

The Mazda3 keeps you in control throughout your drive thanks to Dynamic Stability Control with the Traction Control System. Inside, you'll be protected by several airbags. The system includes front airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and side-impact curtains that cover both rows of seats. You'll also be able to strap smaller passengers in tightly with Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).

To help prevent accidents, there are many available driver-assistance features. For example, to check behind your car when you're backing up, there's the rearview camera. Some of the other features that will give you more awareness during your drive are:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane-keep Assist
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go

The Hyundai Elantra also includes the LATCH system and runs on a Traction Control System. However, it leaves some of the interior unprotected with less airbags. While some similar driver-assistance features are available, it doesn't offer as many.

Cargo Room

The Mazda3 features space for up to five people. While it's built with a large trunk and roomy interior, you can also get more space by choosing to drive the Mazda3 hatchback. Its rounded backend gives it 20.1 cubic feet of cargo room. Plus, you can use the 60/40-split folding rear seats to make extra space and pack even more.

The Hyundai Elantra also comes with seating for up to five people. However, it's only available as a sedan. While it has a big trunk with 14.4 cubic feet of space, this limits the amount of cargo you can carry.

Deciding Between the MAZDA3 vs Hyundai Elantra

Now that you're familiar with both sedans, you're probably leaning towards your favorite. By reading our Mazda3 vs. Hyundai Elantra comparison, you saw how these vehicles differ, but more importantly, you learned all about the advantages that the Mazda3 has.

You can get even more in-depth information on this sedan by stopping by our dealership to take a closer look or to get a feel for what it's like out on the road.

Schedule a test drive with us at Ray Price Mazda today! We're happy to help drivers in East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Easton, Brodheadsville and Saylorsville get started on the journey towards the right car.

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