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Comparison: 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT vs. 2020 Mazda3 Sport

Battle of the hot hatches: Mazda3 Sport GT vs. Hyundai Elantra GT

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2020 Hyundai Elantra GT  

Starting Price: $20,749*CDN 

 

Pros 

Loads of features and plenty of technology for the price 

Fun-to-drive ride and handling characteristics 

Generous 5-year/100,000-km bumper-to-bumper warranty 

 

Cons 

All-wheel-drive not available 

 

2020 Mazda3 Sport  

Starting Price: $21,300 CDN 

 

Pros 

Luxury-car level details 

Available all-wheel-drive 

Brilliant handling 

 

Cons 

Base engine could do with more power 

Hatchback’s love-it-or-leave-it styling 

Manual transmission can’t be matched with AWD 

 

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT 

 

The front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door Elantra GT compares well with rival compact hatchbacks like the Mazda3 Sport. It does so by emphasizing luxury and safety aspects, generous standard equipment, styling influenced by upscale cars, plus an unbeatable 5-year/100,000-km comprehensive warranty. 

 

Clever packaging means the Elantra GT hatchback has a generous amount of passenger and cargo space. The overall picture is rosy for buyers who would like something bigger than the typical compact car, but don’t have the necessary funds. While lounging in the spacious cabin of the Elantra, we can appreciate the physical controls for things like the climate and audio systems, as opposed to scrolling through a bunch of sub-menus on a touch screen. 

 

2020 Mazda3 Sport 

 

Although price and size identify the 5-passenger, 4-door 2020 Mazda3 Sport hatchback as a compact/economy car, you’d never know it by its looks.  The 2020 Mazda3 continues with a sophisticated styling approach that remains dynamic without going over-the-top. The car’s interior is also a cut above the class leaders, with exquisite style, materials and attention to detail. 

 

The front- or optional all-wheel-drive Mazda3 boasts a long list of standard safety features as well as numerous options, ranging from a Bose audio system to wireless phone charging. And, while not as powerful as some competitors, the Mazda3 is an enjoyable driver’s car, with superb ride and handling characteristics and a quiet cabin. It can also be ordered with all-wheel drive, a feature found on very few of the Mazda3’s rivals. 

 

Final Recommendation 

 

Both of these Hyundai and Mazda compact hatches are near the top of the compact hatchback class. The 2020 Hyundai Elantra Sport is a solid choice for buyers looking for value, features, and rear cargo room. However, the 2020 Mada3 Sport is our pick due to its overall upscale demeanour and AWD availability. 

 

Specs 

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT 

2020 Mazda3 Sport 

Engine 

2.0-litre I4 
161 hp @ 6,200 rpm 
150 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 

GX 
2.0-litre I4 
155 hp @ 6,000 rpm 
150 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 

GS, GT 
2.5-litre I4 
186 hp @ 6,000 rpm 
186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 

Transmission(s) 

6-speed manual 

6-speed automatic 

6-speed manual 

6-speed automatic  

Fuel Economy 

Manual – 8.7 L/100 km (9.8 city, 7.4 hwy) 

Automatic  - 8.4 L/100 km (9.4 city, 7.1 hwy) 

GX: Manual – 7.8 L/100 km (8.7 city, 6.6 hwy) 

GX: Automatic – 7.7 L/100 km (8.6 city, 6.7 hwy) 

GS, GT: Manual – 8.1 L/100 km (9.2 city, 6.6 hwy) 

GS, GT: Automatic  – 8.0 L/100 km (9.0 city, 6.8 hwy) 

GS, GT: AWD – 8.7 L/100 km (9.8 city, 7.4 hwy) 

Warranty 

5 years/100,000 km 

3-years/Unlimited km 

Max Seating Capacity 

Wheelbase 

2,650 mm 

2,726mm 

Overall Length 

4,340 mm 

4,459 mm 

Width 

1,795 mm 

2,028 mm 

Height 

1,465 mm 

1,440 mm 

Curb Weight 

1,316-1,379 kg 

1,336-1,483 kg 

Headroom, Front 

994 mm 

965 mm 

Headroom, Rear 

997 mm 

946 mm 

Legroom, Front 

1,073mm 

1,075 mm 

Legroom, Rear 

883 mm 

891 mm 

Shoulder Room, Front 

1,427 mm 

1,414 mm 

Shoulder Room, Rear 

1,406 mm 

1,356 mm 

Passenger Volume  

2,732 L 

2,624 L 

Cargo Volume  

705 L 

569 L 

Max Towing  

N/A 

N/A 

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