When buying a car the sequence of decisions usually goes something like this:
- What do I need this car for?
- How much money do I have?
- Which manufacturer am I going for?
- Which model of this manufacturer suits my needs best?
While the first two questions are relatively simple to answer, selecting a manufacturer might be tricky. Cars nowadays all have reasonably good quality standards and, owing to periodic testing and stringent restrictions, are all largely in the same safety and performance bracket (depending on the model and price, of course!)
In recent years, Mazda has outperformed the world-renowned Toyota in customer safety and dependability polls, leading us to wonder: are Mazdas better than Toyotas?
Here’s all you need to know about the car that outperformed Lexus and Toyota almost overnight.
While Toyota is one of the all-time favourites and a long-standing brand on the market, Mazda reviews and sales figures have surprised critics in recent years. Specifically, in safety and repair rankings, the Mazda frequently overtook the Toyota, making it safer and more reliable than the Toyota.
We will take a look into the latest Mazda 3 compared to the Toyota Corolla Hatchback versions to give you the specs you need on this.
The latest Mazda comes with updated safety features such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking and high-beam assist as a standard.
These are definitely some of the reasons why Mazda has been climbing through the rankings in recent years.
Furthermore, it seems that Mazda purchasers like the dependability and conservative approach with which the company creates its new cars. Instead of a significant redesign, they contain updated but always recognisable appearance and features that many customers seem to love.
This specifically applies to the newest model of the Mazda 3, which has quickly become a favourite among Mazda fans and first-time Mazda buyers.
It has a very stylish exterior appearance, which is mirrored by the spacious interior.
What is most convincing, however, might be the specs, the Mazda 3 comes with these days:
- Fuel Efficiency: 5.5. – 6.6 / 100KM
- ANCAP Rating: 5-Star
- Warranty: 5 Years
All of which you can acquire for a stellar starting price of $26,340.
The Corolla comes with the standard and well-known large front grille, which isn’t for everyone. Nonetheless, among hatchbacks, this is a good-looking vehicle.
This car comes in a more aggressive style (in a good way), with very edgy and masculine forms.
It also comes with similar safety features as standard; however, it struggles with the adaptive cruise control with the full stop-and-go functionality compared to the Mazda.
Here are the specs to compare with the Mazda 3:
- Fuel Efficiency: 3.5 – 6 / 100KM
- ANCAP Rating: 5-Star
- Warranty: 5 Years
Going for an amazing start price of $25,395.
Is Toyota Still a Good Car to Buy?
Although Mazda has won Reliable Car of the Year six times, Toyotas are still an all-time favourite, specifically in Australia and should not be disregarded.
Their reputation for making reliable and long-lasting cars stands for a reason. As their durability is almost unbeaten, with many Toyota drivers sharing stories of their vehicles surpassing the 200,000 km mark.
Another factor to consider is that Toyota parts are potentially easier to come by, making it easier and less expensive to fix a Toyota than a Mazda.
When considering buying either one of these vehicles new, there is no saying whether you should rather go for a Mazda or a Toyota.
Both cars are incredibly reliable and safe cars to drive for a long time.
What could be recommended nonetheless when going for a used car, is to buy a Toyota, rather than a Mazda. Simply because of the aforementioned ease to find spare parts.
As with any choice related to car makes and models, it all boils down to your personal needs as well as your personal preference. And this is something even the most technical information might not change your mind from.
Either way, we hope that this guide helped you in getting a clearer picture of which car is currently more favoured on the market and to make an informed decision as to which one of those will suit your needs better.