2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Hyundai ElantraSplit screen images of the 2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra

Compact crossover shoppers have more selections available to them than ever before. With options ranging from budget-friendly to downright luxurious, it can be hard to navigate the segment. Though drivers searching for a model at the lower end of the price range may need to forgo a few unnecessary luxuries, a number of selections offering affordable starting price tags and a healthy dose of standard features are an option.

Two models that may fit the bill for practical drivers who don’t want to sacrifice are the 2018 Mazda3 and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. See which model comes out on top as the best value-oriented option below.

2018 Mazda3


2018 Hyundai Elantra

$18,095 Starting MSRP $16,950
28/38 Fuel Economy 26/36
155 Base Horsepower 147
Sport, Touring, Grand Touring Trim Levels SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Sport, Limited

Pricing and Standard Feature Comparison

While the starting price of the 2018 Mazda3 may be a little higher than that of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, drivers should think twice about choosing the Elantra for its price savings. The better fuel economy ratings on the 2018 Mazda3 alone should make up the difference in cost between the two models over their lifespans thanks to fuel savings.

Additionally, the 2018 Mazda3 delivers a little more bang for the buck with a healthier list of standard features that we think will really help drivers and passengers alike enjoy their time on the road. All 2018 Mazda3 trims are equipped with a rearview camera, push button start and active safety equipment like automatic headlights and forward collision warning. Shoppers looking at the 2018 Elantra will find all of these features missing from the base trim and some missing from the entire lineup altogether.

The 2018 Mazda3 is available in three easy-to-shop trims including Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. For a more in-depth look at what each configuration has to offer, Johnson City-area drivers can visit the Bill Gatton Mazda dealership to connect with one of our team members. After finding an appealing model, drivers can schedule a test drive which is our favorite form of research. The Bill Gatton Mazda dealership is located at 2909 N. Roan Street. Our team is also available to field questions online via the pop-up form below.

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