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2020 Honda Civic vs Mazda3

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If you’re looking for a sleek and sporty sedan to drive around Marlton, Mt. Laurel, and Cherry Hill, then you’re in good hands with models like the 2020 Honda Civic and Mazda3. However, they each offer very different experiences to your commutes through town.

To help you decide which is the right match for your unique lifestyle, our team at Burns Honda compared the Honda Civic vs. Mazda3 on their fuel efficiency, interior specs, and safety technologies. Check out our comparison here and then contact us to take your favorite sedan for a test drive!

Honda Civic vs Mazda3 MPG and Powertrain

2020 Honda Civic Engine SpecsThose of you who are looking for a sedan with a sporty vibe will love that both the Honda Civic and Mazda3 come with an available 6-speed manual transmission. This gives you complete control over your shift schedules so that you’re always the one in command of your drive.

However, if your focus is on efficiency, then you may prefer the automatic transmission that each sedan offers.

Speaking of efficiency, you might find that you get farther between fill-ups when driving the Honda Civic. This sedan gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 32 MPG city and 42 MPG highway on the EX and EX-L trims when equipped with the CVT.1

The Mazda3, on the other hand, only gets as high as an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway with FWD and the automatic transmission.

  • Honda Civic MPG: 32 MPG city, 42 MPG highway1
  • Mazda3 MPG: 26 MPG city, 35 MPG highway

This difference may be due to the transmission. The Honda Civic comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that maximizes performance by doing away with the set shift points you’ll find on the 6-speed automatic transmission under the hood of the Mazda3.

If you’re looking to save at the pump, the Honda Civic may be your preferred sedan.

Interior Specs of the Honda Civic and Mazda3

When you climb inside the cabin of either the Honda Civic or Mazda3, you’ll find a well-designed interior that can seat a maximum of five passengers between the two rows.

Passengers may be slightly more comfortable, however, in the Honda Civic, which provides 97.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. That’s five more cubic feet of space than you’ll find inside the 92.8-cubic-foot cabin of the Mazda3.

Honda Civic Interior

  • Honda Civic passenger volume: 97.8 cubic feet
  • Mazda3 passenger volume: 92.8 cubic feet

We see a similar trend when we look at the trunk. The Honda Civic has 15.1 cubic feet of space inside its trunk, while the Mazda3 only has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space.

  • Honda Civic trunk volume: 15.1 cubic feet
  • Mazda3 trunk volume: 13.2 cubic feet

If you’re loading up groceries or packing for a weekend getaway, you’ll be able to pack heavier in the Honda Civic.

Safety Technologies

Honda Civic Safety

Both the 2020 Mazda3 and Honda Civic give you modern technologies that can help you stay alert and focused when you’re behind the wheel. These include standard features, like:

  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Lane keeping
  • Smart cruise control

They also have standard automatic high beams. These help to improve visibility when driving at night by automatically toggling your high beams on and off based on the flow of oncoming cars and other traffic patterns.

One feature that the Honda Civic offers that you won’t find in the Mazda3 is Honda LaneWatch™. This turns your infotainment touchscreen into a live video feed of your right blind spot when your turn signal is engaged. It’s designed to help you change lanes for safely when driving in well-travelled areas.

Unfortunately, the Mazda3 doesn’t offer a similar video feed to help you change lanes.

Will You Drive the 2020 Honda Civic or Mazda3?

While only you can know which is the best fit for your lifestyle, our team at Burns Honda found a lot to like about what the 2020 Honda Civic brings to the Cherry Hill, Marlton, and Mt. Laurel areas.

If you want to try it out for yourself, contact us and we’ll bring you by for a test drive!

1 25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport 6MT trim. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX & EX-L trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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