2018 Honda Civic vs 2018 Mazda3 Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda Civic

2018 Honda Civic

Horsepower

  158 hp

Cargo Space

  15.1 cu. ft.


2017 Mazda 3

2017 Mazda 3

Horsepower

  155 hp

Cargo Space

  12.4 cu. ft.

2018 Honda Civic vs 2017 Mazda 3

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The Honda Civic and the Mazda3 are alike in that they are compact vehicles that prioritize economy and sharp driving dynamics. Both enter the 2018 model year as two of the best entries in their shared class. While the Mazda3 has been a formidable rival of the Civic since it started production in 2003, the latter is not the top dog for nothing. The Civic has been the overall top pick in the segment for decades because of its all-round approach, and it’s no different for 2018. Here are three major reasons why the 2018 Civic wins over the 2018 Mazda3:

Body Styles

Unlike most compact cars, both the 2018 Honda Civic and the 2018 Mazda3 offer more than one type of body style to appeal to a wide range of customers. There’s the four-door sedan, which emphasizes passenger transportation; and there’s the five-door hatchback, which has a more fluid interior and allows for more cargo space. With the Civic, there’s a third body style: the two-door coupe, which appeals to sports-minded or younger customers.

Engine Output

For the most out of your Honda in terms of acceleration and overall driving performance, the 2018 Honda Civic offers the top-of-the-line Type R variant, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine (I4) that produces 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. On the 2018 Mazda3, you can get the stronger of two available engines—the 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G I4—which generates 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. That’s 122 less horsepower and 110 less lb-ft of torque from the Civic’s Type R engine.

Fuel Efficiency

On the other hand, if fuel efficiency is more important to you than engine output, you can go with a 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 on the 2018 Honda Civic. Paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the engine enables a peak fuel economy of 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. On the 2018 Mazda3, you can go with the other available engine: the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G I4, which goes with a 6-speed manual transmission for a peak fuel efficiency of 28/38 mpg. That’s 4 less mpg in overall gas mileage than its Honda counterpart.

To see more of what the 2018 Honda Civic has to offer, definitely pay us a visit at our Michigan City, Indiana dealership. With sterling aggregated reviews on Google, DealerRater.com, and Cars.com, we make customer satisfaction a top priority. Give us a call today to set up an appointment with one of our Honda experts.