2016 Mazda3 vs 2016 Hyundai Elantra

If you're in the market for a new, affordable sedan, you've probably considered the 2016 Mazda3 and the 2016 Hyundai Elantra. Both of these vehicles have strong qualities, as they have some of the best scores from critics of any vehicles in their class. However, there are some important differences to note between these two models. For anyone who values a bit of pop when they press down the accelerator, the 2016 Mazda3 has a definitive advantage over the Elantra when it comes to power. While the Mazda3 has a noticeable lead over the Elantra when it comes to horsepower, the more important statistic is the difference in torque. The 2016 Mazda3 can generate 150 lb.-ft of torque versus the Elantra's 130 lb.-ft, which means it has significantly better acceleration. And acceleration is what really makes a car fun to drive.

Despite having a more powerful engine than the Hyundai Elantra, the 2016 Mazda3 is also rated to receive better gas mileage. The 2016 Mazda3 is rated for an absurd 41 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city. The Elantra's 38 highway mpg and 28 in the city aren't bad by any means. But they just don't quite compare to the efficiency of the Mazda3. Part of the reason why Mazda engines can provide such a solid combination of fuel efficiency and power is because Mazda engineers have revolutionized the possibilities of car engines. The 2016 Mazda3 has a 13:1 compression ratio, which is one of the best for any automobile ever made.

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2016 Mazda3 vs 2016 Hyundai Elantra
41 mpg highway/29 mpg city Fuel Efficiency 38 mpg highway/28 mpg city
155 Horsepower 145
SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder Engine 1.8L DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder
150 lb.-ft Torque 130 lb.-ft

It Comes Down to the Details

Even though the 2016 Mazda3 clearly has the Elantra beat when it comes to power and efficiency, it also excels in other aspects. The Mazda Connect system, which comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, is one of the best infotainment systems available in today's automotive market. With radio options such as Pandora, Stitcher Internet Radio, Aha Internet Radio, HD Radio, and available Sirius XM Satellite Radio, the Mazda Connect system does not fail to entertain. For anyone in the market for a new affordable sedan, the 2016 Mazda3 should be an obvious choice. 

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2016 Mazda3 Steering Wheel

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