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Mazda Mazda3 vs. Toyota Corolla Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Mazda Mazda3 or Toyota Corolla reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Mazda Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Mazda Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Mazda Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Mazda Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Mazda Mazda3 73 Mazda3s, 5.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 6300 miles

Redesigned and off to a very good start.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Toyota Corolla   23 Corollas, 6.3 months of data per Corolla, average 7600 miles

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2013 Mazda Mazda3 45 Mazda3s, 9.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 11300 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota Corolla   14 Corollas, 8.3 months of data per Corolla, average 17200 miles

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 67 Mazda3s, 10.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 25600 miles11
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2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.0 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 23600 miles

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2011 Mazda Mazda3 43 Mazda3s, 8.8 months of data per Mazda3, average 34400 miles25
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota Corolla   16 Corollas, 7.6 months of data per Corolla, average 30800 miles

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2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   19 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.7 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 49700 miles

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 100 Mazda3s, 9.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 54600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota Corolla 65 Corollas, 9.2 months of data per Corolla, average 51600 miles22
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mazda Mazda3 34 Mazda3s, 10.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 68300 miles

Includes 2008.5s.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   17 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 50700 miles

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2009 Toyota Corolla 43 Corollas, 8.8 months of data per Corolla, average 70800 miles32
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda Mazda3 59 Mazda3s, 9.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 73500 miles40
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   10 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 82000 miles

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2008 Toyota Corolla   17 Corollas, 9.1 months of data per Corolla, average 71500 miles

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2007 Mazda Mazda3 59 Mazda3s, 9.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 83600 miles43
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   17 MazdaSpeed3s, 8.8 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 63100 miles

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2007 Toyota Corolla   19 Corollas, 9.8 months of data per Corolla, average 83700 miles

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 44 Mazda3s, 8.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 96500 miles61
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota Corolla 26 Corollas, 9.5 months of data per Corolla, average 95600 miles10
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2005 Mazda Mazda3 37 Mazda3s, 8.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 97600 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
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2005 Toyota Corolla 31 Corollas, 8.7 months of data per Corolla, average 115700 miles35
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Mazda Mazda3 25 Mazda3s, 7.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 113100 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
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2004 Toyota Corolla   14 Corollas, 7.6 months of data per Corolla, average 114800 miles

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2003 Toyota Corolla 35 Corollas, 8.8 months of data per Corolla, average 143100 miles70
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Toyota Corolla   10 Corollas, 9.2 months of data per Corolla, average 115200 miles

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2001 Toyota Corolla   19 Corollas, 8.5 months of data per Corolla, average 154500 miles

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2000 Toyota Corolla   13 Corollas, 6.5 months of data per Corolla, average 164000 miles

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1999 Toyota Corolla   13 Corollas, 7.0 months of data per Corolla, average 150800 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Mazda Mazda3

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mazda Mazda3

Mazda Mazda3 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
It was neck and neck between the Mazda3 and the MINI COOPER. I had my heart set on the MINI, but reliability was the deciding factor. I spent countless hours researching vehicles over the last several months and was very dismayed at all the mechanical issues that plague the MINI. On the other hand the Mazda3 seems to be very much trouble free. I really wanted a MINI, but I knew its 'cool' fun to drive personality wouldn't be enough to overcome the reliability headaches I could expect.
2011 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Reputation for reliability.
2011 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Consumer Reports top rated is always a good choice.
2010 4dr Hatch 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Always rated well
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I;ve had them in past and have had no warranty issues and other than regular maintenance had not had to take them in to get serviced.
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Mazda has been a reliable purveyor of fun cars, and its Mazda 3 is no disappointment. The new-for-2010 version features overhauled sheetmetal and extra cabin refinement, and a 3 s Sport model.
2010 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I have been impressed with previous Mazdas I have owned. The 3 was well rated with CR and other automotive sites.
2009 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have owned other Mazdas and liked them.
2009 4dr Hatch turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual FWD
reliabiilty is excellent so far. both rear shocks leaked after about 65,000 miles. one oxygen sensor replacemnent. that is it so far. made in hiroshima says it all i guess
2008 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Car has a great reliability record according to my research. So far no complaints but my car only has about 5k on it.
Mazda Mazda3 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Hatch 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The drivetrain reliability on this car is awful. Clutch started failing at 40K, axles have gone bad, wheel bearings have gone bad, suspension has been replaced..
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
According to various sources it is not as good as Honda/Toyota. I had 0 problems with the 3. In equal time and distance the Corrola had given me some light headache though.
2009 4dr Hatch 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I got this from previous owner.
2008 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
My alternator went out after 10,000 miles of gentle driving. It happened to fail as I was driving through the coastal Oregon mountains, causing me to lose power steering intermittently on the twisties. Inexcusable for modern, brand-new automobile!!
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual FWD
turbo might be unreliable
2006 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I am getting an intermittent CEL coming on, and it seems to be missing every now and then. Not sure if it is bad tank of gas, or a plug is dirty, but it is a little disconcerting. Sometimes when you pull away you feel it jerk a little, and then it kicksin
2006 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Perhaps I have a lemon or drive it too hard, but have replaced: Clutch at 22k (free fix from dealer) Right Axle (CV joints clicking) at 65k ($480 part!) Left Axle (CV joints) starting to click Broken engine mount (rear, #3 I think) at 50k inspection
2005 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Had several repairs during warranty. None engine related except one. Nearly every repair was covered by a TSB so known problems. Plus developed rust on inside door panels due to improper factory clean;Mazda has a lot of problems with rust in this model
2005 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I've owned many great Mazdas in the past and they have always been exceptional cars, but this 3 has been awful. Everything was OK until around 70k miles and from there on out it has been nonstop issues.
  • Brakes - Plan on replacing rotors every time you do pads
  • Tie Rod - Broke clean in half at 80k miles. The car was never in a collision or anything that could have explained it. If I was on the highway I could have seriously crashed the car
  • Belt Tensioner - Only available OEM (and pricey)
  • Control arms, bushings (front and rear), constant clunks and thuds from the suspension.
  • Broken shock mounts
  • Heater Core at 90k miles
  • Wheel bearings - In 127k miles I have done all 4 twice. My mechanic says that this is common on all of the 3's he services.
  • Front End shimmy - It has had a shimmy of varying degrees constantly since about 50k miles on. I will get a bunch of front end work done, replace rotors, or balance tires, and it will be better, but never gone
  • All sorts of electrical weirdness (Sometimes the "you forgot your key in the ignition" chime wont go off until you turn the car back on/off)
  • Headlights - You will replace them so often that you can do it in your sleep. We also have a Mazda 5 and it is the same way. I have even had to replace the weird socket adapters they use. Currently I am getting no power at all to the passengers side. Also, those clear lenses haze like crazy.
  • Horn - even the slightest puddle drowns it. Mine seemed to have been shorted out as the relay trips but now I dont even get power to the horn itself
  • The condensate drain for the AC clogs constantly. If you dont notice it, it will slowly start to seep into the carpet and cause a wonderful mildew funk. Its easy to fix with a chopstick or pencil, but I have never had a car where this is an issue before.
  • Cruise Control now toggles off/on/off/on creating a wonderful seasick sensation
I would like to mention that I'm not some boy racer constantly hooning around. My car is completely stock, I'm a 38 year old dad, and 90% of the miles on it are highway back and forth to work. This is my daily commuter.
2004 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
No major problems but there are still some problems with brake dust in the rear. Had to have the front passenger window fixed (got loose). Purge valve was found defective. Transmission 2nd gear shifted hard until the software was updated.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I have given it a thrashing and nothing has broken. It is a Toyota so it probably wont be breaking any time soon. Interior components arent top of the line, but they are tough. Seat is firm and will likely last a good while.
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
This will be the 5TH Toyota that I have owned and all of them have given great service & reliability
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Nothing has broken yet, even after hitting a snow bank it was able to drive 15km home.
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
60000 miles on odometer, only regular oil and oil filter changes (every 5000-6000 miles ) and air filter (once) so far. Start in the morning and then keep going
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The most reliable car in its category.
2008 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
As I said before... the reliability and durability of this car has amazed me so far - 70K miles and 5 years.
2008 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Not a single problem yet (1 year)
2007 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Corolla has proven to be the most reliable car in Canada for many years. I owned other Toyotas before and was exteremly happy with the cost of ownership over a long period of time.
2007 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Bullet-proof reputation, ease & cost of maintenance
2006 4dr Sedan 126-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Rock solid....have owned it for almost 4 years now and haven't invested anything into it other than oil changes, a set of tires and washer fluid.
Toyota Corolla Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Had lots of wear on car and recent Toyota reliability reports made it risky to buy a Toyota even though I had reliable Toyota for years. Might buy one again when their are stable reliablity trend.
2009 4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I am concerned about the EPS and the new engine design. Although some have disliked the EPS, the jury is still out for me. Plus, will it be reliable long-term? Also, I have read about some oil consumption problems. Hmm ...