2022 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Its Competition

2022 Mazda 3
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 latest Hyundai Elantra is again a fine value, and now has fantastic origami-like style as well as a superb, efficient Hybrid.

The Corolla has bolder looks than in the past and offers a hybrid with sky-high fuel economy, too.

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

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

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Quick Specs
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The 2022 Mazda 3 makes a play for upscale compact-car buyers with a rich interior and cut-above handling.
6.8
The 2022 Honda Civic remains a go-to economy car, with low-key performance and high-economy powertrains.
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The 2022 Hyundai Elantra excites us with its styling and gas mileage, but loses us with interior quality.
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The 2022 Subaru Impreza pegs the rational meter, with standard all-wheel drive and excellent crash-test performance.
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With more interesting style, the 2022 Toyota Corolla is a wallflower no more; hybrids have Prius-like fuel economy.
The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta packs more standard features for a better compact car value.
MSRP From     
$20,800$22,350$19,950$18,795$20,175$20,195
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 56 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsN/ACompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
2.0 FWDLX CVTSE IVTN/AL CVT (SE)S Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555N/A55
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanN/ASedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODN/ACVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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