Comparison: 2018 Hyundai Elantra vs 2018 Mazda 3

Richmond area drivers who want a stylish compact sedan that will serve them for years to come may be glad to know that CarMD recently named Hyundai the most reliable automaker for its low repair frequency, as well as low repair costs.

But how does the 2018 Hyundai Elantra compare to the 2018 Mazda 3? Let’s size up these two compact sedans side by side to see which comes out ahead:

Interior and Features

Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra comes in six trims – including SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Sport, and Limited – so there's sure to be a model to suit your needs and budget. It's available with a power tilt-and-slide moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Hands-Free Smart Trunk, leather seating, heated front seats, an Integrated Memory System, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Additionally, most models come standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Sirius XM radio.

Though technically a compact sedan, the Elantra features enough space for five passengers and their luggage, with 110.2 cubic feet of passenger volume and 14.4 cubes of cargo space. This makes it the ideal sedan for Virginia drivers with families or even students going away for college. 

Mazda 3

The 2018 Mazda 3 has three trims, including the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Available features include a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, leather-trimmed seating, and variable heated seats. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is available with the Premium Equipment Package, but the Mazda 3 is not available with a hands-free trunk, an integrated memory system, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto.

The Mazda 3 also seats five passengers, but with slightly less room than the Hyundai. It has 108.7 cubic feet of passenger volume and 12.4 cubes of cargo space, trailing the Elantra by two cubes in both categories.

Warranty and Reliability

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai wants you to feel safe and protected when driving, so all models feature three years of Connected Car Services and five years of Roadside Assistance, with no mile limit. Plus, the Elantra and other Hyundai models are backed with a five-year/60,000-mile New Vehicle Warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.

J.D. Power and Associates ratings from 2017 give the Elantra perfect scores in Overall Quality, as well as the Features and Accessories Quality for both design and mechanical components.

Mazda 3

Mazda offers just one year of Connected Car Service and three years/36,000 miles of Roadside Assistance. Plus, its warranties won’t protect you quite like Hyundai’s. The Mazda 3 comes backed with a three-year/36,000-mile New Vehicle Warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.

J.D. Power and Associates hasn't released numbers on the Mazda 3 since 2016, when it gave the model just three out of five points for Overall Quality. The organization also gave it just two points for Design Features and Accessories Quality and four points for Mechanical.


Hyundai Elantra

Starting at $16,950 MSRP

Mazda 3

Starting at $18,095 MSRP

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