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Honda Civic LX CVT Sedan vs Mazda3 i Sport AT Sedan

Quality and Value Analysis

The mazda3 i Sport AT Sedan and Honda Civic LX CVT Sedan are very close in price, only off by about $200 for Base MSRP and Comparably Equipped Prices. Both vehicles have the exact same Residual Values after 36 and 60 months. Mazda3 is slightly more fuel efficient at 30city/41hwy vs Civic’s 30city/39hwy. Mazda3 and Honda Civic have the same standard 60 month, 60,000 miles powertrain warranty.

Performance and Engineering

Mazda3 has a slightly larger engine than Civic’s 1.8-liter, i4, 16-Valve SOHC SEFI. Mazda3’s 2.0 Liter, i4, 16-Valve, DOHC, DI Engine is not only larger, it delivers more horsepower and torque than Honda Civic. Mazda3 has Horsepower of 155@6000, and Torque of 150@4000. It makes Civic’s Horsepower of 143@6500, and Torque of 129@4300 look lame in comparison. Mazda3 has front and rear disc brakes, Honda has front Disc brakes and rear Drum brakes. Civic’s turning diameter is just a bit larger than Mazda3’s.

Safety and Security

Is Mazda3 safer than Honda Civic? Mazda3 did score higher than Civic on Front Driver Crash Test, and Overall Frontal Crash Safety Rating. Honda Civic Scored higher on Front Side Crash Test. Mazda3 matched Civic on Front Passenger Crash Test, Rear Side Crash Test, Overall Rating, Overall Side Crash Safety Rating, Overall Side Barrier Crash Safety Rating, Side Pole Crash Safety Rating, and Rollover Safety Rating. Both vehicles have a Vehicle Stability Control System, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, Brake Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitors.

Comfort and Convenience

Civic and Mazda3 have Similar interior features. A/c, Power windows and Door locks, Cruise Control, Steering wheel mounted Controls for Audio and Cruise control, Tilt and Telescoping wheel, front power outlet, rear window defroster, and external temperature gauge. Honda Civic does have a few more bells and whistles like Rearview camera, but how hard is it really to see behind a small sedan? Honda Civic has a better audio system than Mazda3, but both have mp3 player and an auxiliary input audio jack. Both vehicles have theft deterrent system, folding power adjustable exterior rearview mirrors, tinted glass, automatic headlights, and keyless entry, but only Mazda3’s keyless entry can be operated via card key and key fob. Visit our Mazda dealership to test drive a Mazda3 today!

Wheels and Tires

Honda Civic has a wheel dimension of 15, smaller than Mazda3’s 16. Both come with all-season tires.

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