2020 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Its Competition

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The compact car ranks have shrunk in recent years, though the remaining offerings are solid.

The Honda Civic was recently updated, and there’s not a bad one in the bunch if you can get past its racy styling.

The Hyundai Elantra has a stylish body and an excellent infotainment system, and it’s a great value.

Toyota has updated its Corolla with bold styling, which mostly works, and its hybrid fuel economy is unmatched.

VW’s Jetta has an Audi-lite feel for the most part and can be had in sporty GLI trim.

If all-wheel drive is a major selling point, no automaker has a longer track record acing wintry weather than Subaru, so check out the refined Impreza and its Crosstrek off-roady sibling.

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 20192020 Mazda MAZDA3
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6.7
The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive.
6.5
The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars.
6.2
It’s still among the more mildly flavored mass-market sedans, but the 2020 Toyota Corolla has dropped the bland from its diet.
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The docile 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a solid compact sedan choice; for zesty performance, opt into the Jetta GLI.
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The 2019 Subaru Impreza is a sensible, right-price, low-compromise compact car.
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