2022 Hyundai Elantra vs 2021 MAZDA3

2022 Hyundai Elantra vs 2021 MAZDA3

When you’re considering two different sedans like the 2022 Hyundai Elantra and the 2021 Mazda3, you may be wavering longer if you don’t know how they compare. Milford, Fairfield, and New Haven, Connecticut, shoppers can learn what makes them different by reading our comparison.

Key Hyundai of Milford created this to show you how they compare. That way, you can make an informed decision on which vehicle you should pick.

Hyundai Elantra Engine Specs

Hyundai Elantra vs MAZDA3 Performance

If you choose the Hyundai Elantra, you can achieve an EPA-estimated 33 city/43 highway MPG.However, with the Mazda3, you’ll need to stop at the gas station more often as it achieves an EPA-estimated 28 city/36 highway MPG.2 When you’re off on a weekend road trip skiing, you’ll feel like you’ll never need to leave the road.

The Elantra provides you with standard Smartstream® Intelligent Variable Transmission. Therefore, you can shift into whichever gear you want to make your drives more attuned to what you like. Only one transmission—the SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed electronically controlled sport automatic transmission—accompanies the Mazda3 engine.

With its lighter curb weight of up to 2,868 pounds, the Hyundai Elantra glides along the road with an aerodynamic feel. The Mazda3 weighs much more at 3,268 pounds, so it may feel less light-footed when driving around Coastal Connecticut.

Hyundai Elantra Interior Space

Hyundai Elantra vs MAZDA3 Interior

When examining the dimensions of both rides, you’ll come to see that the Hyundai Elantra provides you with way more room. It sports a passenger volume of 99.4 cubic feet, while the Mazda3 only gives you 92.8 cubic feet of space. In the trunk of the Elantra, you can fit up to 14.2 cubic feet. Meanwhile, you’ll only have 13.2 cubic feet available in the Mazda3.

Let’s talk more about the trunk before we delve into the dimensions. Desperately searching for keys when you’re holding multiple grocery bags (maybe even some with eggs or glass bottles) or hanging onto a squirming child can be a challenge. Make it easy on yourself with the available hands-free smart trunk release offered by the Elantra. You will not find this handy feature in the Mazda3.

To see the differences in the cabin dimensions between these two vehicles, check out the following chart:


2022 Hyundai Elantra

2021 MAZDA3

Headroom (front/rear)

40.6 inches/37.3 inches

38 inches/37.2 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

42.3 inches/38 inches

42.3 inches/35.1 inches

Shoulder Room (front/rear)

56.5 inches/55.6 inches

55.7 inches/53.3 inches

It comes to a draw with the amount of space you’ll have for front legroom, but when it comes to the other dimensions, the Elantra undeniably provides you with more space.

Hyundai Elantra Interior

Hyundai Elantra vs MAZDA3 Technology

You’ll be wowed by the large, available screens in the Hyundai Elantra. Behind the wheel, you’ll see a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation in the center console. As a standard feature, you can also use Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ without one wire or cord disrupting your dashboard or front seat.

The Mazda3 gives you a standard 7-inch LCD Meter Display that takes residence behind the steering wheel. Meanwhile, an 8.8-inch center display sits in the middle of the dashboard. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration do not come standard, and this integration is not wireless, so you’ll have to deal with cords taking up your space.

With smartphone integration, add a wireless device charging system to your sedan. Both cars provide this option, which ensures your phone will be alive and kicking when you exit.

The Hyundai Elantra not only has a standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with Voice Recognition, but it also has standard steering-wheel-mounted audio that connects to Bluetooth®. The Mazda3 only provides Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming capability as a standard feature.

Hyundai Elantra Safety

Hyundai Elantra vs MAZDA3 Safety: What’s Different?

While you can take advantage of plenty of standard safety systems in both vehicles, differences appear in the availability of specific devices. The Hyundai Elantra offers both Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist as standard features. For comparable Mazda3 systems like Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, you’ll have to upgrade to a higher trim since these features don’t come standard.

If you’re looking for parking guidance for slipping into tight spaces in the Hyundai Elantra, add the Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist – Reverse and Parking Distance Warning – Reverse features. In higher trims, you can use the Mazda3 front and rear parking sensors. However, that’s the extent of parking assistance this ride will provide.

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra vs MAZDA3 Safety: What’s the Same?

When you’re evaluating both cars, though, you’ll come across similar features. All the systems make tackling any road and staying on task that much easier.

As you’re moving along, you may get distracted by activity in the car or veer out of your lane, but both sedans offer a standard Lane Keeping Assist feature. This safety feature will make sure that you stay in your lane and can bring you back to the center with some gentle steering.

Maintain a safe distance away from the car ahead of you if you preset the speed before you go with the Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go feature in the Elantra. Radar detection senses if you get too close and course-corrects, so you can stick to that distance.

If the car ahead of you stops, your Elantra will get back on track once the car in front of you begins to move again. In the Mazda3, you’ll find the same capability offered in the Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go.

Late at night, especially if you’re driving solo, you may feel tired and bored, which can lead to drowsy driving. Avert this unsafe practice with the Hyundai Driver Attention Warning feature. It gives you virtual and audible nudges to encourage you to take a break and pull over. With the Mazda3, Driver Attention Alert provides the same nudging power.

Which Do You Choose? 2022 Hyundai Elantra vs 2021 MAZDA3 in Milford, CT

Why wait to compare the 2022 Hyundai Elantra and the 2021 Mazda3 when you have all the information you need right here? For Milford, Fairfield, and New Haven, CT, drivers, knowing the differences between these two vehicles eases the decision-making process. Contact us today to schedule a test drive at Key Hyundai of Milford for the final verdict.

1 2022 ELANTRA SE: 33 City/43 Hwy/37 Combined MPG. 2022 ELANTRA SEL/Limited: 31 City/41 Hwy/35 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

2 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

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