Compact cars are some of the best vehicles you could choose to drive around East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Easton, Brodheadsville and Saylorsville. Two of the most exciting models in this class are the Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla iM.

Both compact models provide great features and an unforgettable driving experience. If you want to know which of these vehicles is right for you, though, you need to compare the best features of the Mazda3 and the Corolla iM. 

Luckily, the experts at Ray Price Mazda crafted an insightful comparison of the Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla iM. By reading on, you'll find all the necessary information to make your choice.

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Mazda3 vs Corolla iM: Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency

Under the hood of the 2018 Mazda3, you'll find a powertrain that expertly blends capability with efficiency:

  • Powered by a SKYKACTIV®-G 2.0L engine, the Mazda3 delivers 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque.
  • The Corolla iM and its 1.8L 4-cylinder engine produces 137 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque.
  • With an automatic transmission, the Mazda3 achieves an EPA-estimated 28 city/37 highway MPG*.
  • Even with a CVT, the Toyota Corolla can only generate an EPA-estimated 28 city/36 highway MPG.

Despite having similar fuel economies, the Mazda3 rewards the driver with a more exhilarating ride from its higher horsepower and torque outputs. This is thanks to its forward-thinking SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, a cutting-edge system designed to optimize power without sacrificing efficiency. 

Plus, with the Electric Power Assist Steering feature of the Mazda3, you'll have a precise and powerful driving experience.

Mazda3 vs Toyota Corolla iM: Interior Dimensions

When you take your friends for a drive in your compact car, you want to be certain that everyone is as comfortable as possible. This means you need to take a look at the interior space offered by the Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla iM.

In the Corolla iM, you'll have up to 90.4 cubic feet of passenger volume to stretch out in. However, the Mazda3 provides more room, with 96.3 cubic feet of passenger volume. Plus, the Mazda3 won't make you feel as cramped since it provides more legroom: 42.2 inches in the front and 35.8 inches in the back. 

As for the Toyota Corolla iM, your taller passengers may not be as comfortable, as it only has 41.7 inches of front legroom and 32.7 inches of rear legroom. 

Safety Features

The reason that the Mazda3 and the Corolla iM are two of the most popular compact cars is that they offer some of the most advanced safety systems you'll find in any automobile. 

With the Mazda3, you'll have many driver-assisting features to keep you aware and alert, including:

  • Smart City Brake Support: Coming standard, this useful feature detects objects ahead when you're driving between 2 and 18 MPH. If no action is taken as you near a detected object, it'll apply the brakes automatically.

  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring: If this system senses an object in your blind spot, it'll alert you to its presence with a chime and warning light on the corresponding mirror.

  • High Beam Control: Have you ever been blinded by headlights at night? It's not fun, isn't it? Luckily, Mazda3 came up with a solution. By automatically toggling between low beams and high beams when it detects oncoming traffic, this feature will ensure safety for yourself and other drivers.

  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control. Unlike many other cruise control systems, this innovative safety aid judges the speed and distance between you and the car ahead to maintain a safe following distance.

The Toyota Corolla iM also comes with its own set of safety features, such as Automatic High Beams, the Pre-Collison System, and Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control. 

Plus, both cars come standardly equipped with a rearview camera for easily maneuvering out of tight parking spots. 

Choose the Mazda3

After reading this compact car comparison, it should be obvious that the best model in this class is the Mazda3. Although the Toyota Corolla iM has helpful safety systems, the Mazda3 also has its own suite of safety systems, as well as higher fuel economy, a more spacious cabin, and a more robust powertrain.

To experience its capabilities, you need to schedule a test drive of the Mazda3 at Ray Price Mazda.

Ray Price Mazda is one of the most reliable dealerships that serves East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Easton, Brodheadsville and Saylorsville. 

We can help you choose a used or new Mazda that you'll love driving around town. Visit our dealership today, so you can check out some of our most exciting, affordable models.

*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

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