Comparison of the 2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Honda Civic
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With so many compact cars on today’s market, finding the right one can be difficult. Not many of us have the time to read review after review and travel from dealer to dealer trying to determine which one has the best combination of features at the best price. Fortunately, the 2018 Mazda3 makes the decision easy. The Mazda3 is a compact car that is beloved by customers at Chandler area Mazda dealers. They report they like the 3’s excellent ride, superb styling and low price. The Mazda 3 is offered as a sedan and a hatchback.

The 2018 Honda Civic is a popular vehicle that celebrates its 45th anniversary as an American model. In addition to sedan and hatchback versions, you can also get the Civic as a coupe. Like the Mazda3, the Civic can seat five passengers.

Buyers who are undecided whether the Mazda3 or the Civic is the better choice can read on as we take a look at the two models alongside each other.


One reason compact cars are popular with consumers is they provide excellent value for the price. If saving money is important to you, you’ll appreciate the fact that you’ll save ome cash when you buy a Mazda3 instead of a Honda Civic. The starting MSRP for the 2018 Mazda3 is just $18,095, while the 2018 Honda Civic starts at $18,940.


The Mazda3’s four-cylinder engines have more power than the Civic’s corresponding powerplants. The Mazda3’s base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 155 horses and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. Compare this with the Civic’s standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 158 hp and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. While both engines put out nearly the same amount of power, the Mazda3’s 2.0-liter block has more torque, which translates into greater force to turn the wheels. The Mazda3 also gets a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 184 hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. The Civic’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is no match; it only generates 180 hp and 167 lb.-ft. of twist.


The Mazda3 is extremely user-friendly, with controls that are logically laid out. Mazda’s infotainment system is easy to use and to figure out. On the other hand, the Honda Civic’s controls pale in comparison. Edmunds commented that the lack of a volume-control knob was very frustrating.

Technology Features

Today’s car buyers demand the latest technology features. The Mazda3 has an intuitive navigation system and an available Bose audio system that audiophiles love. The Civic has a hard-to-use and unresponsive infotainment system and a nav system with graphics that look a little old. Don’t bother looking for a Bose audio system in the Civic because there isn’t one.


The Honda Civic has decent handling, but the Mazda3 simply shines when it comes to handling. With its smaller turning radius, the Mazda3 can get in and out of tight spots more easily than the Honda Civic.

Putting It All Together

The 2018 Honda Civic has its virtues. But when you compare it with the 2018 Mazda3, there’s only one clear choice: the Mazda3. Anyone looking for a compact car should place the 3 at the top of their list.