Mazda3 vs. Honda Civic

 

The Mazda3 has, for years, provided an enticing alternative to traditionally simplistic compact vehicles. Previously considered low cost with minimal quality, compact vehicles were long a choice due to necessity and not preference. The compact vehicles of today are largely more enticing to drive, filled with high quality options and features and prove to be a fuel efficient and affordable alternative to most other vehicle segments.

With the choice of either a hatchback or a four door sedan, the Mazda3 is one of the most versatile choices in the compact segment. 41 MPG boast minimal visits to the gas station and allow drivers to appreciate great fuel economy numbers without sacrificing excitement or driving experience.

Available in striking colors that are compatible with the revolutionary KODO “Soul Of Motion” design that Mazda implements into the 3, alongside extras like head up display that Mazda terms “Active Driving Display” the Mazda3 is the safe, practical compact that lets you believe you are driving a performance sports sedan.

Don’t just listen to us, the Mazda3 has been named a Car and Driver “10 Best” three years in a row, proving that the Mazda3 holds its own for the experts amongst even the stiffest of competition. Speaking of the competition, while the Mazda is hard to beat, there are those that try. Below we offer a comparison of the Mazda3 with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Cruze.

At the top of the pack sit the Mazda3 and the Honda Civic. Both vehicles are tied in their rank as #1 in their class by U.S. News and World Report. However, the Corolla and the Cruze each offer strong arguments of their own.

 

Pricing:

When it comes to their cost, the Mazda’s 3’s starting price of $17,845 just barely bests the Civic’s of $18,640. The Corolla takes value a step further with a starting price hardly below the Mazda at $17,300 while the value priced Cruze can be had starting at $16,620. However, for most consumers, the base Cruze will prove too simple to satisfy most technological and comfort demands.  Once options are added and features selected, it is safe to say that each vehicle virtually costs the same.

 

Power and Performance:

The Honda Civic can be had with either a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that outputs 158 horsepower or a 1.5L turbocharged engine that outputs 174 horsepower. The Mazda provides the choice between a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that outputs 155 horsepower or a more powerful 2.5L 4 cylinder 184 horsepower engine. The Cruze is offered with one engine option, a 4 cylinder that outputs 153 horsepower. The Corolla also offers just one engine choice, a 132 horsepower 4 cylinder. For the performance oriented, the Mazda3 with its 2.5L engine option will be the most satisfactory option offering high horsepower and competitive fuel economy numbers.

 

Fuel Economy:

The Mazda3 achieves a fuel economy of 29/41 MPG in the City/Highway respectively while the Honda Civic offers 31/42 MPG in the City/Highway respectively, the Cruze offers fuel economy of 29/41 respectively and the Corolla offers the lowest fuel economy at 28/37 respectively. With fuel economy as close to one another as these vehicles offer, the stops for fuel will be virtually the same.

 

Inside:

Drivers of all four vehicles will appreciate their interiors laden with some of the most advanced technological and performance features available in the industry. The Mazda3 offers a backup camera as a standard feature as well as heads up display, features that are rare in the compact vehicle segment. The Civic and Cruze each offer newly updated interiors that will satisfy the latest and greatest in features and design, but may not compete effectively with the technological integration the Mazda provides. The Corolla will have the majority of features that most consumers will expect but provides by and large the most generic design.


Despite all four vehicles having specific advantages that the driver will appreciate, they are as unique as they are similar. Consumers that are looking for basic transportation may find themselves satisfied with the “safe” Toyota Corolla option, though drivers looking for excitement will want to look past it. The Civic is newly re-designed inside and out and is the only choice offered in a two-door variant. The Cruze, like the Mazda3 is available as a four door sedan or a hatchback, a striking alternative that offers individualized style and increased cargo capacity. While the Mazda faces stiff competition, its power and performance personality, design, interior materials and overall quality throughout make it a standout from the crowd for drivers who care about more than just a set of wheels to get them from point A to Point B.

 

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