2021 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Its Competition

2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

A shrinking compact car class still has a variety of strong contenders.

The Honda Civic has a similar range of price options and they’re all fantastic cars.

The Hyundai Elantra is new for 2021, and it’s always been a fine value.

The Corolla has bolder looks than in the past and offers a hybrid with unmatched fuel economy.

VW’s Jetta and Golf come closest to the Mazda 3 in terms of upscale feel and driving character.

Those looking for all-wheel drive can go to Subaru for the steady, refined Impreza and the taller, more off-road-ready Crosstrek.

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The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive.
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The 2021 Honda Civic doesn’t let social responsibility get in the way of a good time.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan is hardly small anymore: It has big style, big available tech, and big range from a hybrid powertrain.
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With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all the bland from its diet.
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The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a no-frills compact with good value. Saving money never goes out of style.
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The 2020 Subaru Impreza is a rational choice among compact cars, especially for those who need foul-weather traction.
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