2018 Honda Civic vs 2018 Mazda3 Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Honda Civic

2018 Honda Civic

HORSEPOWER

  158 hp

CARGO SPACE

  15.1 cu. ft.


2018 Mazda 3

2018 Mazda 3

HORSEPOWER

  155 hp

CARGO SPACE

  12.4 cu. ft.

2018 Honda Civic vs 2018 Mazda 3

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The Honda Civic and the Mazda3 are prime examples of compact vehicles that are not content with just being economical rides. With automobile technology that never stops advancing- and fast, too- these entries from Honda and Mazda, respectively, stay fresh with high-quality cabins, athletic ride quality, and fun-to-drive personality to go with their ability to save more than just a few pennies at the gas station. For 2018, the Civic, which is midway through its tenth generation of production, remains unchanged while the Mazda3 welcomes a new engine on the upper-level trims and a smart city brake support system as standard on the base-level Sport trim. Despite these admirable upgrades, the Honda Civic still remains the compact car to beat. Here’s why:

Peak Engine Output

To boost your ability to merge into traffic or switch from one lane to the next, you will be better off with the 2018 Honda Civic. More specifically, go with the high-performance Type R variant, which has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine under its hood called the K20CI. This workhorse generates 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. As mentioned before, the upper-level trims of the 2018 Mazda3- which are the Touring and the Grand Touring- got a new engine in the form of the 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G I4. It supplies 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, which makes it 122 horsepower and 110 lb-ft of torque less powerful than the Civic.

Gas Mileage

For decades, a high level of fuel efficiency has been one of the perennial attributes of the Honda Civic- and the 2018 model year is no exception. To maximize gas mileage on the nameplate, go with the powertrain configuration that involves the 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 (L15B7) and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine is tiny enough to make it a gas sipper, and by avoiding the gear shifting mechanism that traditional transmissions use, the CVT conserves more energy and provides a smoother ride. The end result is a fuel economy that peaks at 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway*. On the 2018 Mazda3, you will need to go with the Sport trim, which is powered by the 2.0-liter I4 version of the SkyActiv-G engine, instead of the larger 2.5-liter. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the 2.0-liter I4 provides 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. That’s 4 less mpg in combined fuel economy than the Civic’s peak.

Overall

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Honda Civic is the 2018 top compact car** in the nation. Based on its evaluation of aggregated professional reviews and ratings, the publication made it #1 in its Compact Cars category for the 2018 model year, citing attributes such as outstanding fuel economy, abundant cargo space, a top-grade cabin, and athletic handling. By comparison, the 2018 Mazda3 takes the #4 spot in the same category.

Ready to give the 2018 Honda Civic a shot, rather than the 2018 Mazda3? Definitely stop by our dealership in Richardson, Texas. We have been providing residents of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with high-quality vehicles and customer service for the past 35 years. One of our Honda experts will be available to assist you in getting the Honda Civic that meets your needs and wants. Call us today to schedule an appointment.


* 28 city/40 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX model with 6-speed manual transmission. 31 city/40 highway/34 combined mpg rating for LX & EX CVT models. 31 city/42 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T model with 6-speed manual transmission. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT models. Based on 2018 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.
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