2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Honda Civic

2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Honda Civic

It’s time for you to find out which compact sedan is better. Do you want a Mazda or a Honda? Our 2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Honda Civic comparison will help you decide. If looks were everything, then the Mazda3 would walk away with this category. The Civic presents stark lines, a harsh grille, and a silhouette that’s been done before. The Mazda3, with its effective use of chrome and its KODO design elements, shows that something new can still be done in this segment. It looks elegant, futuristic, fun, and luxurious. With the Mazda3, Mazda once again proves that the compact sedan is alive and well.

Looks aren’t everything though, and if you would like to learn more, you can keep reading. If you’ve already heard enough and would like to see a Mazda3 inventory right here in Bloomington, then click the link below to see what Royal South Mazda has in stock.

2018 Mazda3


2018 Honda Civic

$18,095 Base MSRP $18,740
184 Max Horsepower 158
Manual and Automatic Transmission Options Manual and CVT
Available Leather Seats Available

How do Mazda and Honda compact sedans compare for 2018?

Right from the start, the 2018 Mazda3 is more affordable with its base model Sport trim. That price gap only widens as you move up in trim level. In fact, the top Mazda3 Grand Touring trim comes in at over $2,000 less than the top Civic Sedan Touring trim. No matter what Mazda3 trim you choose, it looks like you’ll be saving money over the Civic Sedan.

What about power? Does the Honda give you more performance for your money? Think again, this is Mazda after all. Mazda is a brand known for putting the driver first, and that’s why they stuff 184 horsepower under the hood of the top two Mazda3 trims.

You can either get a 6-speed manual or an interactive automatic transmission paired with that impressive Mazda engine. Though the Honda Civic Sedan also gives you a 6-speed manual option, it does away with the automatic option in favor of a continuously variable transmission or CVT. Not only is a CVT not interactive, but it also provides a rather dull ride with laggy acceleration from a stop, and even worse acceleration from highway speeds.

Are you concerned about luxury? You shouldn’t be as both models offer leather interiors. With the Mazda3, you get the choice between black or a beautiful two-tone parchment and black. No matter which color you choose, the leather will be ornately complimented by red accent stitching.

Need help finding the perfect Mazda3 in the Bloomington area? Come to Royal South Mazda. Though this comparison was about the Mazda3 4-door sedan, we also have Mazda3 5-door hatchbacks available.

2018 Mazda3 5-door gray back view
2018 Mazda CX-3 white side view