MAZDA3 vs Hyundai Elantra

2021 Mazda3 Hatchback Snowflake White

There are quite a few models to consider when you’re in the market for a compact car. So, how do you determine the right vehicle?

Our Mazda of Gastonia team wants to help. We’ve created comparison articles on the top competitors in each segment.

For compact cars, we’ve pitted the Mazda3 against the Hyundai Elantra. Each of these tidy vehicles would make for an enjoyable commuter car around Charlotte, Lincolnton, and Gastonia, NC.

If you prioritize power and customizability in your vehicle, however, you’ll find the 2021 Mazda3 presents more options than the Elantra:


Hyundai Elantra

Maximum 250 horsepower Maximum 147 horsepower
Maximum 320 lb-ft of torque Maximum 132 lb-ft of torque
Sedan or hatchback styling Sedan styling
7 sedan trim levels; 6 hatchback trim levels 3 trim levels

MAZDA3 vs Hyundai Elantra: Engine Output

As soon as you begin looking at the performance specifications of the Mazda3 and the Hyundai Elantra, the superiority of the Mazda is noticeable. The Elantra offers a single engine in each trim, while the Mazda offers a trio of motors—all of which are stronger than the Hyundai offering.

2021 Mazda3 Side View

The 2.0L 4-cylinder engine of the Hyundai produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.

The base Mazda motor generates 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0L setup. The larger 2.5L engine can be had with or without a turbocharger:

  • 2.5L without a turbocharger generates 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.5L with a turbocharger generates as much as 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque

MAZDA3 vs Hyundai Elantra: Body Styling

If you prefer that your model have a standout personality that reflects your personal tastes, the Mazda3 has you covered. Unlike the Hyundai Elantra, the Mazda3 can be enjoyed in a sedan or a hatchback body style. Hyundai only offers the Elantra as a sedan.

The difference between the sedan and the hatchback version of the Mazda3 is strictly aesthetic. You’ll enjoy the same features, safety, and performance, no matter which version of the acclaimed Mazda3 you choose!

MAZDA3 vs Hyundai Elantra: Trim Levels

Finally, we’ll take a look at the trim levels offered by the Mazda3 and the Hyundai Elantra.

2021 Mazda3 Rear ViewIn the Hyundai, your options are pretty barebones—the base SE trim, the SEL trim, or the fully loaded Limited trim.

Mazda offers twice as many trims in the Mazda3 sedan. The list begins with the 2.0L Sedan, which is the only trim to offer the 2.0L engine. You then have the 2.5 S Sedan and the Select trim. The remaining sedan options are:

  • Preferred
  • Premium
  • 2.5 Turbo
  • 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus

MAZDA3 Outshines Hyundai Elantra

The Mazda3 gives you many more options than the Hyundai Elantra. From performance and styling to trim levels, Mazda has made the Mazda3 pleasantly customizable. So really, you just have to determine which version is best for you!

At Mazda of Gastonia, you can test out any trim or body style of the 2021 Mazda3. We think getting behind the wheel will help you determine which variant of the Mazda3 is best for your travels near Gastonia, Lincolnton, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

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