New Toyota Corolla is much improved, but new Mazda3 outshines it — Los…

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New Toyota Corolla is much but new Mazda3 outshines it

Both cars have been for 2014, so The Times tested a and a Mazda3 to see how they stack up.

No has played it safer here Toyota with its Corolla, despite — or perhaps because of — its styling and squishy handling has the appliance of choice for about a million people a year the last decade.

Playing yin to the yang has been the Mazda3, marketed as the fun-to-drive econobox, edgier styling and class-leading This has worked less for Mazda, which has remained of a niche player despite praise from critics. sells two or three times as Corollas as Mazda sells 3s.

And yet, Toyota’s chief in the latest Corolla redesign was to more aggressive styling and Go figure.

Mazda, meanwhile, has to edge its 3 more toward the upping practicality and efficiency abandoning its sporting character.

the Mazda and Toyota are all new for 2014. yourself lucky if either on your shopping list or in driveway. In addition, each the growing competitiveness of cars in segment. The 3 and the Corolla are each in features unheard of in compact 10 years ago. It’s been stunning to see how it’s Mike Wall, an auto at IHS, said of what a can get in one of these cars today. It that long ago we were about crank windows, said.

Now leather seats, blind-spot and touch-screen navigation systems are as automakers go the extra mile to a growing customer base. all this change in the air, we a 2014 Mazda3 and a 2014 Corolla to see how each balanced its successes with its future

Toyota Corolla

Messing the Corolla formula represents a for Toyota, which has sold 40 of the compacts globally since the introduction in 1966. A quarter of have been in the U.S. and 4.5 million are still on the road according to Toyota.

The latest Corolla — now in its 11th — is now rolling into dealerships. is hoping to reclaim the sales it lost to the Honda Civic in Among the biggest changes is the the first continuously variable the automaker has offered in the United

Toyota Corolla

CVTs are essentially one-speed that don’t technically and they are increasingly popular the industry as a fuel-saving measure. But engineers built in artificial points to avoid CVTs’ tendency to make the engine at higher revs, along a Sport mode that the RPM levels where those points occur.

That makes the transmission like a crisp-shifting automatic losing the fuel-saving benefits of a an impressive feat. During my of testing the car, I averaged 25 per gallon in mostly city

Our test car was the Corolla Eco. It the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder as the base Corolla, but adds to the price and offers a boost in — from 132 horsepower to 140 — as well as hitting 40 mpg in highway driving.

engine gave our $22,694 perfectly adequate power for driving. When pushed however, it lacked the refinement and of the Mazda. The Sport setting did to spice things up in the performance

Another key change to the new Corolla is its You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but the of this 2014 model is 4 inches longer, and the car itself is 2 1/2 longer. That allows for a back seat, far outpacing its competitors — including the Mazda — in space.

That made any in the Corolla a good one, and the seats mimicked the shape of the comfortable seats we recently in the new IS from Lexus, Toyota’s division. If only the Corolla’s fabric weren’t so abrasive.

comfort comes from the quiet, comfortable ride. The close with a satisfying that is absent in Toyota’s Camry and RAV4 sport-utility The smooth ride came some trade-off in handling, didn’t match the sporty of the Mazda. Rubbery steering help. But it certainly handled enough to please the vast of Corolla buyers.

Toyota Corolla
Toyota Corolla

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