An all-out duel between the 2017 Mazda 3 vs 2017 Honda Civic is certainly a must-see for anyone who is looking to buy a car and deciding between the two most iconic models in the auto industry. While both cars are exceptional in their own way, only one can claim victory. Which will it be?
2017 Mazda 3 vs 2017 Honda Civic: Performance
The 2017 Mazda 3 is equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-4 that delivers 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque as a standard engine. Accordingly, buyers can opt for a more powerful configuration in the 2.5-liter version that produces 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. These powertrains are paired with a standard six-speed manual and optional six-speed automatic transmission.
In comparison, the 2017 Honda Civic is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that can crank out 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. Similar to the 2017 Mazda 3, the 2017 Honda Civic also has another powertrain option in a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that puts out 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The powertrains are also matched with a standard six-speed manual transmission and optional automatic gearbox.
2017 Mazda 3 vs 2017 Honda Civic: Fuel Efficiency
The 2017 Mazda 3 has a fuel economy rating of 28 and 37 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway respectively with the automatic gearbox. It was mentioned that the same result is given by the manual transmission. The 2017 Honda Civic on the other hand has 31 and 40 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway. Considering the fact that Mazda has been named the most fuel efficient automaker last year however, the numbers do not seem to add up for Mazda.
2017 Mazda 3 vs 2017 Honda Civic: Safety Rating
Reports state that the 2017 Mazda 3 and 2017 Honda Civic are both recipients of the Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) but it appears that the 2017 Mazda 3 has also earned the Top Safety Pick+, the highest honor in the event. Accordingly, the 2017 Honda Civic catches up as it outperformed the 2017 Mazda 3 in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administered crash test.
2017 Mazda 3 vs 2017 Honda Civic: End Of Round 1
The 2017 Mazda 3 and 2017 Honda Civic have both scored exceptionally well in the abovementioned aspects. Since there are still factors to be considered however, a victor cannot be crowned just yet. For now, the consumers are declared the winner as choosing between the two becomes a little bit easier for them.