2018 Honda Civic vs 2018 Mazda 3 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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Around since the early ‘70s, the Honda Civic has earned its reputation as one of the world’s best-selling nameplates due to its focus on reliability, practicality, fuel efficiency, and ride quality. It is often hailed as one of the vehicles that shaped the compact car segment, which is best known for its economy orientation. However, over the past few years, merely being able to save a few bucks at the gas pump hasn’t been enough. More recent entries like the Mazda3 also prioritize fun-to-drive personality, and it enters the 2018 model year as a serious contender for the Civic’s crown. Ultimately, though, it seems that the Civic will hold on to that crown for a little bit longer due to the following factors:

Variants

Unlike most compact rides, the 2018 Mazda3 is available in more than one body style. There’s the more traditional four-door sedan for a more family-friendly form of transportation. And there’s also the five-door hatchback, which is generally more practical and optimizes luggage-carrying ability. The 2018 Honda Civic offers both body styles – and a third: the two-door coupe. Geared towards singles, younger drivers, or people who want something that feels sporty, the coupe is the body style that Honda adopts for the Civic’s high-performance full-featured Si version. Also available is the top-level performance-oriented and more spartan Type R, which is manufactured as a sedan. The Mazda3’s variance is slim compared to its Honda counterpart.

Engine Output

As the top-of-the-line variant of the 2018 Honda Civic, the Type R has the most powerful workhorse, which is called K20C1. Designed as a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine, the K20CI provides 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. On the 2018 Mazda3, you will need to upgrade to the mid-level Touring or the top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim to get the 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G I4, which generates 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. That’s a drop of 122 horsepower and 110 lb-ft of torque from the Civic’s top-billed engine, thus making it a less effective accelerator.

Fuel Economy

Last but not least, the Honda Civic has always received top scores for its frugality towards gasoline consumption. And the 2018 model year is no exception. On the sedan, you can combine a tiny 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which does its part by eschewing the energy-consuming gear shifting mechanism that normal transmissions use. Add the regular front-wheel drive – which only sends engine power to two wheels instead of all four – and you have a vehicle that optimizes fuel economy to 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. On the 2018 Mazda3, you can go with the smaller (and less powerful) of the two SkyActiv-G I4 engines: the 2.0-liter. Paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and accompanied by front-wheel drive, this engine enables the car’s peak fuel economy. However, the manual gearbox is no CVT, and the engine is considerably bigger than its Honda counterpart. As a result, fuel efficiency is maximized at 28/38 mpg, which is 4 less mpg in overall gas mileage.

To check out the 2018 Honda Civic, rather than the 2018 Mazda3, definitely pay us a visit at our Highland, Indiana dealership. With generally favorable reviews on Google, Cars.com, and DealerRater.com, we pride ourselves on making every customer who comes to our facility leaving satisfied with his or her experience. Give us a call today to set up an appointment with one of our Honda experts.


* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $890.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

** Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.