2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Mazda3
2016 Honda Civic 2016 Mazda3
5 Trim Levels Available 3
27 City / 40 Highway Fuel Economy[1] 30 City / 41 Highway

158 hp 2.0L I-4 or  

174 hp 1.5L turbo I-4

Engine Options

155 hp 2.0L I-4 or 

184 hp 2.5L I-4

CVT Transmission 6-speed Manual or Automatic

2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Mazda3

2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Mazda3

If these are your top 2 choices for a new compact car, you pretty much can't go wrong. Both the 2016 Honda Civic and the 2016 Mazda3 are doing so many things right -- they've both got style, driveability, safety, fuel economy, and an impressive lineup of features. With the brand-new 2016 Honda Civic sporting a striking design upgrade, and a higher-performance turbo engine that makes the higher-end models way more fun to drive, the Civic is now a lot more similar to the Mazda3 than it was a few years ago. Really, with both models excelling in every important category, it's tough to come up with good comparison points to highlight why you might be happier with one over the other. But we're going to try. Here's the breakdown.

Vroom, Vroom!

To start off, one of the biggest differences between the 2016 Civic and the 2016 Mazda3 is that the Mazda is available in either a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback style. Although Honda plans to release the 2016 Civic in hatchback form sometime soon -- and we're excited to see it -- its specs aren't available yet. The Mazda3 sedan's trunk space is pretty small compared to the Honda Civic sedan, so if that extra space is something you anticipate needing, right now it's a point in the Mazda3's favor. And while we're on the topic of space, although both models have a little more backseat legroom than they used to, the 2016Honda Civic's is a little bigger than the Mazda3's.  

Both vehicles get excellent fuel economy, but the Mazda3 comes out slightly ahead. Plus, the Mazda3 Grand Touring tech package adds a regenerative engine braking system that can boost that figure even more. As for performance and driveability, test drivers say both the Mazda3 and the Honda Civic are agile, responsive, and satisfying. With the 2016 Honda Civic, the 1.5L turbo-4 engine gives higher-end models a large boost in power over the base model, whereas there's less of a noticeable difference between the Mazda3's two options -- both are top-notch.  

Finally, both vehicles have expanded their suite of available safety features. Although the 2016 Honda Civic's ratings haven't been released yet, the 2016 Mazda3 has top-star safety rating from the NHTSA and IIHS. Both the Honda and the Mazda have made rear-view backup cameras a standard feature in 2016. The 2016 Civic has expanded the availability of the Honda Sensing safety suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and forward collision warnings with automatic brake assist. As for the Mazda3, all Touring and Grand Touring models come with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, with several other active safety features available as options.  

We hope that helped! For more information on either model, or to schedule a test drive, please feel free to contact us at our Continental Mazda and Continental Honda locations! 

[1]Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Mazda3