The Honda Civic and the Mazda 3 are two of the best cars on the market. Both are affordable, reliable and fun to drive. But, we feel like there are a few reasons why you might choose one over the other.
Check out our comparison between these two cars and see which car made the top of our list.
In recent years Mazda has made great strides towards making their cabin as comfortable as possible for their drivers. However, they really seem to have some issues finding room for folks with longer legs. The Honda Civic is a bit more accommodating to folks who are a little bit taller. The back seat leaves enough room in the Civic for a 6-foot tall person to sit comfortably, while the Mazda 3 it is a bit cramped.
While both cars have comfort in mind we are going to have to give that edge to the Honda Civic that allows for slightly taller passenger to enjoy the ride.
Winner: Honda Civic
Both the Honda Civic and the Mazda 3 come in Hatchback models. When looking at cargo space you need to be a bit critical in making choices, there are plenty of other factors to consider — How would it be to load your gear in and where the wheel wells pop up and take away from your useable space.
To begin let’s start with actual cargo capacity and for that, the Civic Hatchback is going to have an edge with 25.7 vs 20.2 Cubic Feet, but it doesn’t end there. The Civic also sports thinner trunk arms that keep them out of the way, a wider opening to allow for easy loading of the most awkward items, and the Mazda 3 has wheel wells that extend a bit closer toward the trunk opening, thus reducing the amount of useable space.
The Civic has more measurable space, usable space, and easier access. The Mazda 3 hatchback should have enough room to toss some bags on your way to the airport or fill with groceries, but the Civic is going to give you a bit more space to play with.
Winner: Honda Civic
Most cars these days have some kind of infotainment system to allow you to interact with your car and devices through a touch screen.
Both the Mazda 3 and the Honda Civic come with Sirius XM, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto. The Mazda comes with a slightly larger screen that has a very pleasing feel and sharp looks, the Honda comes with a smaller screen, but with the 2019 model, it has some improvements to the way you will interact.
Although it has the smaller screen, the Civic has more convenient placements of the controls, the Mazda 3, unfortunately, tucked the controls out of the way to ensure that the interior of their vehicle is streamlined.
The Mazda 3 chose form over function, while the Civic was able to seamlessly integrate function in their form. The streamlined look of the Mazda is great, but we need to be able to access the controls easily and safely and the Honda Civic does that.
Winner: Draw – Mazda 3 has a larger screen with a premium feel and the Civic comes with an easier to use layout.
Both of these vehicles get a 5 out of 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for driver side safety. When we start to look at passenger side safety the Mazda 3 begins to fall behind with a 4 out of 5 stars for safety versus the Honda Civic’s 5 out of 5 for safety. The Mazda 3 also gets lower scores when it comes to neck stress and compressions from impacts
Additionally when we take a look at breaking power Honda Civic goes from 70 mph to a complete stop in 160 feet, which is 22 feet shorter than the Mazda 3’s 182 feet of braking power.
The Honda Civic and The Mazda 3 both has plenty of technological improvements to ensure driver safety on the road as well. The Civic does come with Drift Compensation, which helps the driver stay a little straighter while driving by reducing some of the side to side motion.
The Honda Civic has just a few more features and a bit better stopping power than the Mazda 3. We are going to give this category to The Civic.
Winner: Honda Civic
The Honda Civic and the Mazda 3 are both well known for their fuel economy.
The Mazda 3 comes in at 28 mpg in the city and 36 on the freeway, but the Honda Civic just beats out the Mazda 3 with 30 city driving and 38 on the freeway.
It is worth pointing out with the 2019 model of the Mazda 3 does have all-wheel-drive (AWD) available, and that will reduce the fuel economy of the car, but for most driving conditions you are going to be just fine with the Civics front wheel drive.
Winner: Honda Civic, but the Mazda 3 is close and comes with AWD
While everything is well laid out in an accessible way in the Honda Civic that allows you to easily control everything with ease, however, it can be a touch overwhelming until you figure out where everything is.
The Mazda 3 sports and elegant paired down design that is very enjoyable, but the layout leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to accessibility. The controls that you are most often going to be taking advantage of are going to be just out of reach and somehow with the more minimalistic design of the Mazda 3 it does not have as much space for its driver and passengers.
Winner: Honda Civic
While there are plenty of reasons to go with a Mazda 3 or a Honda Civic for your next vehicle we feel like, unless you are looking specifically for an AWD car, the better choice is the Honda Civic.
The CVT Transmissions will give you a much smoother ride and will help increase your fuel performance adding to the overall lower cost of ownership of the Civic over the Mazda 3. It is also the little features like the cap-less fueling system that helps avoid evaporation of fuel, or even the breaking power of the civic that adds to the safety features that will all give you so much more value from your purchase.
The Mazda 3 is a great vehicle, but unless you are looking for a smaller car with AWD, we suggest taking a closer look at the many ways the Honda Civic outperforms the Mazda 3.
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