Chandler Area Mazda Dealers Compare the 2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Honda Civic 

Compact cars offer a great way to get a high-quality vehicle at a reasonable price. Compact cars offer outstanding maneuverability and get better fuel economy than midsize and large cars. If you’ve been trying to decide which compact model is ideal for you, we can help. One model that’s popular with customers at dealerships like Chandler Mazda is the 2018 Mazda3. Available in sedan and hatchback models, the Mazda3 impresses drivers with its agile handling, smooth and comfortable ride, and economical price point.

The 2018 Honda Civic competes with the Mazda3 in the compact car arena. Honda has sold the Civic in the United States for 45 years. You can buy a Civic configured as a sedan, a coupe or a hatch. Both the Mazda3 and the Honda Civic seat five passengers.

If you’ve been considering these two vehicles but you’re not sure which one is the best buy, we have some help. Read on as we compare these two compact cars head to head.

Price

If you’re looking for a compact car with a long list of features and a modest price tag, there should be a Mazda3 in your future. That’s because the 3 has a starting MSRP of $18,095. The 2018 Honda Civic is more expensive, with an MSRP that starts at $18,940.

Engine

When you buy a new car, it should have an engine that’s powerful enough to accelerate quickly when you need to pass other vehicles on the highway. The Mazda3’s engines are more powerful than the choices you get with the Civic. The Mazda3’s standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant that makes 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. The Civic is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 158 hp and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. While the two vehicles have similar horsepower, the Mazda3 produces more torque, which means there’s more power available to spin the wheels. Mazda3 buyers can also choose a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 184 horses and 185 lb.-ft. The Honda Civic can also be equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that puts out 180 hp and 167 lb.-ft., which falls short of the Mazda3’s 2.5-liter block.

Handling

The Mazda3 features sharper handling than the Honda Civic. The 3 can zip around curves and take corners better than most of its competitors. The Honda Civic has a larger turning radius, which means it’s more difficult to maneuver around tight spaces in the Civic.

Tech Features

When it comes to technology equipment, it’s no contest. The 2018 Mazda3 easily bests the Civic. The Mazda3 features an easy-to-use navigation system, and the optional Bose audio system delivers outstanding audio. The infotainment system in the Civic is hard to use and it’s not particularly responsive. The navigation’s graphics seem dated. And you can’t get anything comparable to the Mazda3’s Bose audio system on the Civic.

Ease of Use

Automotive website Edmunds.com gave the Mazda3 4.5 stars (out of five) for user-friendliness, writing that the controls inside the Mazda3 are easy to use. Edmunds also pointed out that the infotainment system menu was laid out logically. Edmunds didn’t think much of the Civic’s usability. It rated the Civic just 2.5 stars. Edmunds pointed out the Civic’s lack of a volume-control knob was annoying.

In the End

The 2018 Mazda3 and the 2018 Honda Civic are both great vehicles. But if you look at areas that are important to most consumers, it’s easy to see that the 3 comes out ahead.