2017 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2016 Mazda 3

While the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2016 Mazda 3 might seem like vehicles that are in the same ballpark, there is a world of difference in many aspects of the vehicles in many areas. For people looking for spacious vehicles which are also practical and reliable, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra has a lot more to offer compared to the Mazda 3, both in features and design. Here’s what you should know when we put both vehicles in a head-to-head comparison:

Design & Style

The 2016 Mazda 3 has a shape reminiscent of the BMW Z4, with prominent bulges on the side. The frontal aspect of the vehicle, however, looks tamer particularly when you consider the large grille and the headlights that seem somehow too small for the front end. As a package, the Mazda 3 is not a visually striking car when the exterior is examined. The same story continues in the interior, where the vehicle has an interior which is not particularly appealing. The materials used are of moderate quality and one can’t complain about the arrangement, but the overall feeling in the Mazda 3 is one of boredom.

This is something that you will never complain about when talking about the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, with its striking outside appearance and comfortable interior. Sitting in the Hyundai Elantra makes you feel like the car is worth more than what you pay for it, mainly due to the use of quality materials and excellent arrangement of all the buttons, knobs and stalks within the vehicle.

Technology & Safety

When it comes to safety, both vehicles have a lot to offer mainly due to restrictions by various governments and other bodies. Some of the features you can expect in both cars include antilock braking systems and airbags. However, the Hyundai goes a step further by making use of very new technology to make the car much safer for both the occupants of the car as well as pedestrians. These include a pedestrian detection system, automatic emergency braking, lane assist, knee airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and an advanced security system. These cannot be found in the Mazda 3 or many other vehicles within this price range.

Tech features that make the Hyundai the better option include a lane keep assist system, a larger high definition touch screen, integration with Android Auto, a hands-free smart trunk, heated rear seats and an integrated memory system. The Hyundai also has a larger total interior volume, which means more leg and head room for all the occupants in the vehicle.


The base model of the Mazda 3 is a double overhead camshaft inline-4 engine with 2.0 liters of displacement, and which generates 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The Hyundai, on the other hand, has a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine capable of producing 147 horsepower. This can be mated to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission depending on the buyer’s preferences. There are more engine choices available for clients who need more powerful engines, but the base model can still compete with the 2016 Mazda 3 since the Hyundai has better transmission and suspension, which can compensate for the slight difference in horsepower.

The Bottom Line

The Hyundai Elantra has impeccable design as well as years of research and development on its side. As a result, this iteration offers a lot more than most people were expecting in terms of customer satisfaction. Test drive the 2017 Elantra, and you will find it to be much better compared to not only the Mazda 3, but also most other vehicles out there in its category.

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Booking a test drive for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is as easy as dropping by at Springfield Hyundai. You can also call us to make an appointment in advance. Once you have tried it in person, you will know why car buyers are calling it the better vehicle than the Mazda 3.

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754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA
39.918676 -75.331753
Springfield Hyundai 39.918676, -75.331753.