2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Honda Civic

2018 Mazda3 sedan and the 2018 Honda Civic side by side in a comparison image

The compact car segment teams with attractive vehicle options. In this 2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Honda Civic comparison, we are going to look at two models that are available with advanced engines and often deliver sporty driving. Both the 2018 Mazda3 and the Honda Civic are available with several body styles. The 2018 Mazda3 is available in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback models, though for this comparison we are focusing on the sedan option, which has a lower starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price. The 2018 Honda Civic is also available in sedan and hatchback body styles, and also comes in a two-door coupe design.

While the very base model of the 2018 Mazda3 sedan has less engine power than its Honda rival, it brings plenty of other interior technology advantages to the table and also has a fun-to-drive character that can make it engaging on the daily commute or even on a longer adventure.

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2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Honda Civic
$18,095 Starting MSRP $18,840
2.5-L 4-cylinder (184 hp) Top Engine 1.5-L turbo 4-cylinder (174 hp)
6 Standard Speakers 4
MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System (7-inch touchscreen) Standard Infotainment 5-inch Color LCD Screen

Engine and Technology Advantages of the 2018 Mazda3

Both the models in this 2018 Mazda3 vs 2018 Honda Civic comparison come with two engine options. The base LX trim of the 2018 Honda Civic offers 3 more horsepower than the 2018 Mazda3, but 12 less pound-feet of torque. However, when drivers opt for an upper trim they also get more powerful engines. When equipped with an elite engine, the Mazda compact sedan offers significantly more output. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder on the 2018 Mazda3 offers 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, while the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder on the 2018 Honda Civic has just 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque.

The 2018 Mazda3 also offers several advantages when it comes to standard technology features. This model comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while the 2018 Honda Civic LX comes standard with just a 5-inch screen that does not respond to touch inputs. The 2018 Mazda3 also comes standard with six speakers (compared to the four standard on the Honda) and is available with satellite and HD radio in all models.

If you would like more information about the 2018 Mazda3 sedan or hatchback in Johnson City TN, contact a member of the Bill Gatton Mazda sales team today to learn more or schedule a test drive.


side view of a red 2018 Mazda3 with a blurred city background
steering wheel and dashboard of the 2018 Mazda3
gear shifter and central console of the 2018 Mazda3
profile of the 2018 Mazda3 against a glass store front


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