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2018 Mazda Mazda3 - Bert Ogden Mazda - Mission, TX

2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Honda Civic

Compact cars are perfect for drivers who want to leave a small ecological footprint, single drivers who like budget-friendly options, and first-time drivers who appreciate efficiency and innovative technology. Two of the industry’s most popular models are the 2018 Mazda3 and the 2018 Honda Civic. However, the 2018 Mazda3 continues to win over critics and drivers more than the Honda Civic. So what makes it the superior compact car?


The new 2018 Mazda3 is priced more affordably than the 2018 Honda Civic — and that’s critical. Drivers in this segment are typically looking for affordable pricing. The new Mazda3 Sport sedan (base model) starts at just $18,095, while the Mazda3 Sport hatchback retails for $19,300. Compare that to the base 2018 Honda Civic LX sedan ($18,840, or $745 more) and the Honda Civic coupe and hatchback (around $19,900, or $600 more).


It’s true: The Honda Civic’s base engine creates 158 horsepower, 3 more than the base engine in the Mazda3. However, the Mazda3’s base engine generates more torque than the Civic’s: 150 lb-ft of torque vs. 138. More importantly, the upgraded 1.5-liter in the Mazda3 pumps out 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. The Honda Civic’s turbocharged offering can’t compete, generating only 175 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.

Driving Dynamics

The 2018 Mazda3 isn’t just more powerful than the 2018 Honda Civic in most regards; it’s also more fun to drive. Critics laud the 2018 Mazda3 for its incredible braking, impressive acceleration, precise steering, and superior cornering.

Exterior Design

Looks do matter when it comes to your daily driver. The Mazda KODO Soul of Motion design language has truly enhanced the Mazda3, which is far more eye-catching than the Honda Civic. You can get your 2018 Mazda3 in a wide range of sophisticated yet fun exterior color options, such as Snowflake White Pearl, Eternal Blue, Soul Red Metallic, Deep Crustal, Titanium Flash, Machine Gray, Sonic Silver, and Jet Black.

Interior Design

As striking as the Mazda3 is on the outside, it is even more appealing on the inside. While both the 2018 Honda Civic and the 2018 Mazda3 offer comfortable seating for up to five, the Mazda3 offers sleeker styling and better interior features. If you love tech, go with the Mazda3; it comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen while the Civic’s touch screen is just 5 inches. If you want a 7-inch screen in the Civic, you’ll have to cough up more money and upgrade trims.


Stop by Bert Ogden Mission Mazda to test-drive the 2018 Mazda3 for yourself.