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2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Honda Civic

2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Honda Civic in Edinburg, TX

The compact car segment features several duds — boring cars at reasonable prices with acceptable safety features and passable engines. But two options in the segment are vastly different from the others, offering superior ride quality, sportier styling, and more advanced features. Those two compact cars are the 2018 Mazda3 and the 2018 Honda Civic. But which one is the better compact car? The win goes to the 2018 Mazda3. Here’s why:

2018 Mazda3 


2018 Honda Civic 

$18,095 MSRP  $18,940
2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder Engine  2.0-liter I-4
155 hp  Horsepower  158 hp 
28 City/37 Hwy  Fuel Economy Rating  32 City/42 Hwy 


For starters, the 2018 Mazda3 is more affordable than the 2018 Honda Civic, and price is generally an important factor for buyers in the compact car segment. The base 2018 Mazda3 Sport starts at just $18,095, compared to the base 2018 Honda Civic LX, which starts at $18,940, nearly $800 more. The base hatchback Mazda3 is also more affordable, starting at $19,300 compared to the starting price of base Honda Civic coupes and hatchbacks (around $19,900).


Both the Mazda3 and Honda Civic boast sporty styling, but Mazda’s design language is more advanced and performance-oriented. If you want a boldly styled compact, go with the 2018 Mazda3. The Mazda3 is available in an array of fun color options, including Jet Black, Sonic Silver, Titanium Flash, Eternal Blue, Soul Red Metallic, Deep Crystal, Machine Gray, and Snowflake White Pearl.


You’ve heard it before: What really matters is on the inside. That’s true for the compact car segment as well. You will find comfortable seating inside both the 2018 Mazda3 and the 2018 Civic. Each model seats five occupants comfortably. But it is the Mazda3 that offers superior interior features. For example, the Mazda3’s infotainment system comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen; the Civic’s standard touch screen starts at 5 inches; you have to opt for higher trims to get the 7-inch version.

Driving Dynamics

The Mazda3 is more fun to drive. Like all Mazda vehicles, the 2018 Mazda3 offers accurate steering, impressive cornering, great braking, and awesome acceleration. While the 2018 Honda Civic does well in these areas too, it just cannot compete with the ride quality and handling of the Mazda3.


The Mazda3’s base engine creates 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. The Civic’s base engine generates slightly more horsepower (158 horsepower) but lags behind in torque (138 lb-ft). The Mazda3’s 1.5-liter engine ups horsepower and torque to 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque; the Civic’s upgraded turbocharged engine falls behind at 175 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.

You can test drive and purchase the 2018 Mazda3 at Bert Ogden Edinburg Mazda.