[C&D] Mazda 3 vs. Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla vs. Volkswagen Golf vs. Hyundai Elantra GT

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    As Usual....non sports? they'll give you thumbs down. But then again majority of the people are not going to care about sportiness. So this "king of the hill" is nothing but based from the subjective judgement of member of the minority of car buyers.
     
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    The top four are all super close in their scoring. Any of them would be a good choice depending on the buyer's preferences.
     
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    I'm seeing more and more 2020 Corollas on the street. It is starting to grow on me.
     
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    I thought it was a bit much when C&D called the Civic Sport hatch "butt ugly". I mean, yeah, it's a bit over-styled but looks pretty damn good if you ask me.
     
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    I guess Motortrend wasn't paid by Honda, unless C&D was,LoL

    Mazda Hatch deff. has best exterior, too bad it lacks interior space and doesn't drive as well as it looks
     
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    Except you can't see out of the back.
     
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    Meh, not a big deal :)
     
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    Recent Mazdas are form over function.
     
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    Agree with C&D -- drove both the Sport Hatch and the GT N Line (and the SI) a few times and decided on the Sport Hatch. The Hyundai had a nicer interior, but the car was all 201HP and Pilot Sports. I thought the chassis tune, steering rack, and shifts were better in the Honda.

    Both good cars, but the Civic made a fan out of me.
     
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    I literally just cross-shopped a few of these cars. My own observations:

    1. The Toyota Corolla hatch is ridiculously impractical. There's no room in the back - I'd need to lay down one or both seats to get any kind of haul in there.
    2. I used to own a Mazda 3. I loved it. The new one doesn't grab me the same way, though. Seems like a great price for what you get, though. The Civic 5-door seems more practical, tough. I do a lot of diving - and the Civic is the only one I think will easily hold two sets of dive gear - with the rear seats up. And that's important to me.
    3. I desperately want to love VW. I've owned 3 in the past. But after the TDI scandal (which I went through as an owner of a 2013 TDI Golf), I just can't get behind them again. The Golf is a wonderful, tight, well-handling little car. Great fusion of practicality and fun. But. No.
    4. I don't understand the controversy around the Civic hatch's design. I think it looks great. Aggressive, sure - but better looking than the Toyota to my eye. And at least as good as the Hyundai. The Mazda is a looker - no doubt about that.
     
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