Honda Fit vs Mazda3

When driving on the crowded roads of Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Hershey, you want a vehicle small enough to fit through narrow streets and tight parking spaces. Then again, you also want a car with plenty of interior space and technology.

Two viable options are the 2020 Honda Fit and the Mazda3. However, only one can be right for you. We’ll help you decide which one that is in our Honda Fit vs. Mazda3 comparison. Discover everything these vehicles have to offer and contact us at Faulkner Honda if you have any questions!

Honda Fit vs Mazda3: Interior Comfort

The Honda Fit is a subcompact vehicle, while the Mazda3 is a compact car, so their interior dimensions will vary. However, they each comfortably seat up to five passengers. Plus, the Honda Fit is on par with its Mazda counterpart—especially in the back seat.

That’s because it supplies 37.5 inches of rear headroom and 39.3 inches of rear legroom. Meanwhile, the Mazda3 offers 37.3 inches of rear headroom but only 35.1 inches of rear legroom. This might not be an issue for solo drivers, but it could cause issues for people with a growing family.

While passenger room is fairly neck and neck, cargo room is where the Fit really shines. This hatchback has 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Plus, its 60/40 Split 2nd-Row Magic Seat® lets you utilize cabin space in a variety of ways:

  • Long mode: Fold down the front- and rear-passenger seats to fit long items, like a ladder or surfboard.
  • Tall mode: Fold up the back seats to fit items as tall as four feet, like a big plant.
  • Refresh mode: Fold the front-passenger seat back and recline the rear seat to take a nice nap.
  • Utility mode: Put the second row down flat to get 52.7 cubic feet of cargo room.

Unfortunately, the Mazda3 sedan has just 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Plus, the hatchback version offers only 47.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind the first row. It doesn’t offer anything like the 2nd-Row Magic Seat® found inside the 2020 Fit.

Honda Fit vs Mazda3: Technology

The Honda Fit and the Mazda3 both offer plenty of standard and available amenities to help keep everyone happy. This includes multiple power points throughout their spacious cabins. Now, everyone’s devices can stay fully charged for the day ahead.

Each sedan also comes standard with Bluetooth® hands-free phone and streaming audio, so you can listen to your favorite playlists while making calls from the road. Plus, they both offer Pandora® and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. Between these two features, you’ll always find something new to listen to.

The 2020 Fit also comes standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. Simply sync your smartphone to enjoy all your favorite apps displayed on the 7-inch high-resolution touch-screen. You can then look up turn-by-turn navigation, points of interest, and more, without having to handle your smartphone while driving.

By comparison, the Mazda3 also offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Where they really start to depart is in their ease of use. While HondaLink® services delivers seamless access to all your favorite applications, the MazdaConnect™ infotainment system is often harder to navigate.

Honda Fit vs Mazda3: Performance Specs

The 2020 Honda Fit and the Mazda3 are known for having great steering and handling for city commuting.

The Honda Fit also has great fuel economy, achieving up to an EPA-estimated 33 city/40 highway/36 combined MPG for its LX trim with Continuously Variable Transmission.* This is achieved with help from Honda’s Eco Assist™ System that comes standard across each trim level.

On the other hand, the Mazda3 is equipped with a Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that’s paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Despite relying on variable valve timing technology, it still only helps the sedan achieve up to an EPA-estimated 26 city/35 highway/30 combined MPG. While still better than many in its class, you may have to stop more frequently for fuel-ups in the Mazda3.

However, both models come standard with Hill Start Assist. When you’re on an incline, the system will automatically hold brake pressure while you move your foot from the brake pedal to the gas. This is to help prevent you from rolling backwards, giving you extra peace of mind.

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Honda Fit vs Mazda3: Active Safety Technology

Above all, each sedan puts your well-being and safety at the top of their lists.

For its part, the 2020 Fit employs Honda Sensing® safety & driver-assistive technologies. Acting like an invisible copilot, it uses a complex system of cameras and sensors to keep you better aware of your surroundings, including:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist System

Similarly, the Mazda3 uses its own i-Activsense® safety technology to help you avoid distractions and obstacles and mitigate the risk of a collision.

2020 Honda Fit vs Mazda3: the Verdict

When it comes to the Honda Fit vs. Mazda3, both vehicles have lots of impressive features. However, the Honda Fit is more spacious, has better fuel economy, and offers more intuitive features to improve your daily drive.

If you want to experience this subcompact car for yourself near Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Hershey, don’t wait. Schedule a test drive at Faulkner Honda today!


*29 city/36 highway/31 combined mpg rating for 6MT trims. 33 city/40 highway/36 combined mpg rating for LX CVT trim. 31 city/36 highway/33 combined mpg rating for Sport, EX and EX-L CVT 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.