Hyundai and Mazda. Both are interesting cases; they’ve always been known for their compact sedan and hatchback offerings, but there’s a bit of an issue there. Simply put, those are popular vehicle types that are populated by perennial leaders – think Honda and Toyota – that are massive sellers, have a massive following and have enjoyed their spot at the top pretty much uncontested for man years.
Mazda and Hyundai – especially Mazda – don’t have quite the bandwidth those manufacturers do, and so they have to make their entries stand out that much more, whether through sharp looks (think Mazda) or generous feature offerings (think Hyundai).
So, what do the latest compact hatches from Mazda and Hyundai do to separate themselves from the crowd, and which one does the better job of it?
2019 Mazda3 Sport