A Shining Star - The 2018 Mazda3 in Clear Lake

What do you get when you combine superb driving dynamics, a superior interior, and dashing good looks? The result is the 2018 Mazda3 in Clear Lake! This sedan has continued to win over consumers time and time again, and it’s easy to see why. Let’s take a look at how it compares to other competitors like the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT.

More Eco-Friendly with a Longer Range

In a perfect world, we would all drive cars that produced zero emissions to help improve the environment, but the world isn’t perfect, and these cars aren’t always the best solution for consumers. With the Mazda3, you can have the conveniences of a sedan and help reduce emissions because of it’s incredible fuel economy and optional regenerative brakes. These brakes convert inertia back into energy, so it doesn’t go wasted, further improving the Mazda3 Grand Touring’s fuel efficiency. When we compared it to the Hyundai Elantra, it was apparent who the winner was:




Elantra GT


2.0 4 cyl./Manual

27 city/37 hwy*

23 city/31 hwy*

4 cyl.

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/37 hwy*

24 city/32 hwy*

4 cyl.

Smoother and More Controlled Ride

For a smoother, less fatiguing ride, the Mazda3 hosts Skyactive-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control. This system works seamlessly by adjusting power delivery and shifting vehicle weight to help achieve a more comfortable ride that is less taxing on the body. The Mazda3 also has entirely independent front and rear suspension systems to provide a better grip of the road ahead. Hyundai’s Elantra doesn’t have Skyactive technology and only provides a semi-independent rear suspension system. Other key features that help provide a smoother ride and more stable handling is a longer wheelbase and front and rear stabilizer bars, which comes standard on the Mazda3.

More Convenience for the Daily Commute

To make your mornings a little less hectic, the Mazda3 has a slew of ergonomic features that will make the weekly drive a bit smoother. Warm up the engine while finishing up breakfast with the Mazda3’s remote vehicle starting system, and once you’re inside the cabin, the standard heads-up display projects speed and other crucial instrument readouts in the driver’s line of sight, without compromising safety. If you suddenly get caught up in a rainstorm, the Mazda’s wipers can turn on, off, and adjust their speed based off of the amount of rainfall on the windshield, eliminating the need to continually change them. It’s hard to think about not having all of these incredible features, but unfortunately, they are missing from the Elantra.

If you want to learn more about this superior sedan, visit us at DeMontrond Mazda and test drive the 2018 Mazda3 in Clear Lake today, and start your week off right!

*Based on 2012-2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.