Honda Civic vs Mazda3

Honda Civic

Looking for your next sleek sedan to take you on your everyday drives? If so, we’re sure you’ve come across the 2020 Honda Civic and the Mazda3. Sporty, tech-laden, and delivering remarkable efficiency, it’s little wonder that year after year the Honda Civic and the Mazda3 continue to dominate the streets of Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Hershey.

At Faulkner Honda, we’re dedicated to helping you make the best decision on your next vehicle purchase or lease.  That’s why we’ve created this special Honda Civic vs. Mazda3 comparison, outlining each sedan’s key features. You’ll find the most accurate details right here in one place, so you can decide which one’s the better fit for your unique lifestyle.

Continue reading to find out which model is best suited for your needs, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! If you’re ready to see more of the Honda Civic, check out our inventory easily online.

Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Active Safety Features

Honda CivicFirst and foremost, you deserve a compact sedan that not only exudes confidence but also has the safety to back it up. That’s why every 2020 Honda Civic comes standard with the Honda Sensing® suite. Designed to alert you to impending road hazards, it provides drivers with a wide range of smart features, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Lane Keeping Assist System

The Civic also offers additional safety features, such as a multi-angle rearview camera and Honda LaneWatch™. This feature allows changing lanes to be smooth and simple with a small camera displaying oncoming traffic for your added safety.

By comparison, the Mazda3 provides its own collection of i-Activsense® safety features to help increase awareness of your surroundings, like Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Unlike the Civic, though, the Mazda3 reserves most of its premium safety tech for its higher trim levels.

Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Interior Space and Comfort

Once you step behind the wheel of either the Honda Civic or the Mazda3, you’ll quickly realize these roomy sedans are compact in name only. Each model can comfortably seat up to five passengers with plenty of headrooom and legroom to go around.

Up front, you’ll find the Civic and the Mazda3 both offer 42.3 inches of legroom, though the Civic’s 39.3 inches of headroom outstretches the 38 inches inside the Mazda3. It might not seem like a lot, but to a taller passenger it can mean the difference between experiencing a comfy or a claustrophobic ride.

The Honda Civic also outsizes the Mazda3 in terms of overall trunk space, supplying 15.1 cubic feet to a noticeably smaller 13.2 cubic feet inside the Mazda3 So, whether you’re transporting home a pair of end tables from the antique store or packing up for a week down the shore, the Civic proves to be more accommodating.

When it comes to interior style, you can’t go wrong with either model. You’ll find high-quality, soft-touch materials in both the Civic and the Mazda3, such as leather-trimmed upholstery. The Civic EX comes standard with an 8-way power driver’s seat as well, making your rides even more personalized.

If you’re leaning toward bringing home a Honda Civic, check out our new vehicle specials online.

Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Interior Technology

Honda CivicThe 2020 Honda Civic and the Mazda3 both supply plenty of easy-to-use modern features to keep you both entertained and fully connected while tackling your busy day. Each includes a large touchscreen display with a wide range of smart tech, including:

  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
  • HD Radio™ with SiriusXM® Radio

Inside the Honda Civic, you’ll also find the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, allowing for a much more efficient drive. HondaLink® is another feature unique to the Civic. This connectivity feature interacts with your smartphone to keep you up to date on the status of your vehicle when you’re not behind the wheel.

Ready to try it out for yourself? Schedule your Honda Civic test drive today!

Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Specs and Efficiency

The 2020 Civic offers either a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine or a turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that can produce 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the Mazda3 relies on its Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that also can easily exceed the 170-horsepower range.

Where these two vehicles really begin to differ is in their fuel economy, with the 2020 LX trim with CVT earning an EPA-estimated 30 city/38 highway/33 combined MPG.1 Meanwhile, the Mazda3 once again falls short in the competition, delivering an EPA-estimated 26 city/35 highway/30 combined MPG.

Additionally, the Civic’s Continuously Variable Transmission allows you to maintain power without giving up efficiency. You can also opt for the 6-speed manual transmission, giving you full control over your everyday drives.

Whichever sedan you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy dynamic performance with unquestionably smooth confidence each time you step behind the wheel.

Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Which Is Best for You?

In the never-ending battle for compact sedan dominance, it’s clear to see the Honda Civic proves the best overall choice for anyone who places safety, interior space, and efficiency high on their list. With the Civic’s standard safety features along with unique additions like Honda LaneWatch™, we give this sedan our pick for a test drive.

To decide for yourself, the Faulkner Honda team invites drivers throughout Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Hershey to stop by or go online to schedule a test drive today!


1 25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport 6MT trim. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX & EX-L trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.