Honda Civic Vs 2017 Mazda 3
Comfort and Space
When it comes to new cars, we expect a certain sense of luxury and comfort. The interior of the 2017 Civic’s spacious interior has enough room to comfortably seat five people and not leave anyone feeling sardined. The attention to detail paid throughout the interior of the Civic is palpable, with excellent ergonomics and broad, supportive back seats that are suitable for passengers of any height.
While the Mazda 3 also offers seating for five, the seats themselves aren’t on par with the Civic for overall comfort and feel like a tight fit in comparison. The rear passenger area isn’t as roomy or luxurious either, generally falling short of other vehicles in its class; taller adults might have trouble feeling comfortable on a long trip.
The Civic also outpaces the Mazda 3 in terms of cargo space, regardless of configuration, offering up to 15.1 cubic feet of storage room as a sedan and up to 25.7 c.f. as a hatchback, meaning that even with five people in the car there is still plenty of room for groceries, suitcases, or any other supplies you want to bring along.
While both the Civic and the Mazda 3 earned Top Safety Pick ratings from the IIHS, the Honda’s superior crash test performance in NHTSA testing was awarded a five-star rating. The Civic’s optional forward collision system also received a higher rating than the Mazda, for its demonstrable success in forward collision prevention.
While the Mazda 3 is by no means an unsafe vehicle, the Civic’s improved intelligent crash prevention technology and its long legacy of excellence in safety testing make it, by far, the more reliable choice.
At first glance, the Mazda comes out on top with a slightly lower base price for the introductory model. However, the Civic has undergone a full redesign much more recently than the Mazda 3, meaning that Civic buyers are getting significantly more bang for their buck with a more modern vehicle and engine configuration.
Both cars enjoy better than average fuel economy in comparison to top competitors, but the Civic wins with its base model achieving 31mpg in the city and an excellent 40mpg on the highway compared to the Mazda’s 28/37.
Honda Civic or Mazda 3: Results
The 2017 Civic pulls ahead of the Mazda 3 in nearly every metric, making it the best choice in its category and continuing its dominance of the small car segment. If you’re looking for a new or used Honda Civic in Edmonton, AB, contact the professional sales team at Alberta Honda and schedule a test drive today.