2018 Mazda3 vs. Hyundai Elantra vs Kia Optima

2018 Mazda3

2018 Hyundai Elantra

 2018 Kia Optima
There are a lot of affordable cars out there for young drivers, but finding a reliable and safe one is of the utmost importance to buyers. Some options on the market are the 2018 Mazda3, the Hyundai Elantra, and the Kia Optima. All offer efficiency, smart technologies, and dependability, but also have key differences. We think the Mazda3 surpasses the Elantra and Optima in a few key ways.


The Mazda3 is a powerful, efficient, and sporty compact car. The Mazda3 offers a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G four-cylinder engine with a combined estimated 31 mpg, beating the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Optima's estimated 29 mpg combined. In terms of power, the Kia Optima comes in first place with 185 horsepower, but the 2018 Mazda3's 155 horsepower edges out the 147 horsepower of the Kia Optima.  


When you're putting a younger driver behind the wheel, safety is important. The Mazda3 was deemed a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus when equipped with Smart City Brake Support and Adaptive Front-lighting System for driver support. Neither the Hyundai Elantra or the Kia Optima achieved this award, as they do not meet the criteria.

Interested In A New Mazda3?


While all three cars have a lot to offer, we would have to say that the Mazda3 delivers where it counts with reliability, efficiency, and safety. Visit us at Bakersfield Mazda to take the 2018 Mazda3 for a test drive.