2015 Mazda3 vs. 2015 Honda Civic


The 2015 Mazda3 has earned a lot of praise for its stylish looks and efficient take on the compact sedan. But to help Tampa-area drivers appreciate how bold and forward-thinking this vehicle really is, we have compared it to the 2015 Honda Civic, a model that has been consistently popular for a few decades now. When you dive into the details, it’s clear that the latest Mazda3 simply has more to offer, no matter what you are looking for in a car. Discover just how impressive this Mazda model is, and then experience it in person at Cox Mazda in Bradenton.


Both of these models appeal to value-oriented drivers. But if you really want to get more for less, the Mada3 is the clear choice.

  • 2015 Mazda3 iSV: $16,945
  • 2015 Mazda3 iSport: $18,445
  • 2015 Mazda3 iTouring: $19,595
  • 2015 Mazda3 iGrand Touring: $22,745
  • 2015 Mazda3 sTouring: $23,845
  • 2015 Mazda3 sGrand Touring: $25,045
  • 2015 Honda Civic LX: $18,490
  • 2015 Honda Civic SE: $19,990
  • 2015 Honda Civic EX: $21,190
  • 2015 Honda Civic EX-L: $22,840


Performance Specs

Compact cars tend to have smaller engines, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun to drive. Mazda gives you two different peppy engine options while Honda only offers one. Here’s a closer look at the specs for the Civic and Mazda3:

  • 2015 Mazda3: The 2015 Mazda3 is powered by either a 2.0L four-cylinder that puts out 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.5L four-cylinder that has an output of 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can choose between either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
  • 2015 Honda Civic: The Civic has just one engine option, a 1.8L V-4 that musters only 143 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can select between a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission.



Fuel efficiency is one of the most appealing features of compact cars. If you are looking to save money at the pump and do your part to promote sustainability, the Mazda3 makes smarter use of fuel.

  • 2015 Mazda3: The Mazda3 is rated at 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway in the 2.0L engine, or 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway in the 2.5L engine.
  • 2015 Honda Civic: With its CVT transmission, the Civic gets 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. That’s pretty high, but not as good as the Mazda3.


When you compare similar trims side by side, the Mazda3 is obviously the well-equipped car. It has more standard features to offer, and optional packages that bundle together lots of appealing bonus technologies you won’t find in the Civic.

  • Mazda3 iSV vs. Civic LX: The Mazda comes with stylish 16-inch wheels, a height adjustable driver’s seat, and a four-speaker stereo system. The Honda has a similar stereo system, but only 15-inch wheels and a driver’s seat that only adjust forwards and backwards.
  • Mazda iSport vs Civic SE: A Mazda3 iSport comes with HD radio, remote keyless entry, and two 12-volt power outlets. The Civic trim comes with just one outlet and offers neither of the other two features, making it less fun and less convenient.
  • Mazda3 sTouring vs Civic EX: The Mazda sTouring features 18-inch alloy wheels, premium vinyl upholstery, heated front seats, and a high-tech heads-up display. The Civic trim comes with 16-inch wheels, normal seating and upholstery, and the same instrument cluster as the other trims. Mazda drivers can also opt for an optional technology package that adds a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a voice-activated navigation system, and a premium stereo for one modest price.
  • Mazda3 sGrand Touring vs. Civic EX-L: The top of the line Mazda3 trim comes with adaptive bi-xenon headlights, full-cabin leather upholstery, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The Civic has average daytime running lights, seats that are only trimmed with leather, and a standard shift knob. The technology package for this Mazda trim adds a regenerative braking system, forward-collision warning and mitigation, adaptive cruise control and more. Civic drivers only have the option to add a navigation system





You can’t argue with safety ratings, and once again, the Mazda3 comes out on top:

  • NHTSA Safety Ratings: The new Mazda compact sedan earned perfect five-star ratings in overall, frontal, and side-impact crash tests. The Honda Civic earned just four stats in frontal crash tests and also lost a star in the rollover test.
  • IIHS Safety Ratings: The 2015 Mazda3 earned the highest possible rating in moderate-overlap frontal offset, side-impact, roof-strength and whiplash protection crash test conducted by the IIHS. This car also earned a top rating in the new small-overlap frontal offset test where many vehicles under-perform. The Civic earned similar scores, but in a measure of front-crash prevention, the Civic earned a rank of “Basic” while the Mazda3 earned a superior rank of “Advanced.”

The Fun and Versatile 2015 Mazda3 is Available Now

2015-mazda3Let’s review: The 2015 Mazda3 has stronger and more efficient engines, a longer list of features, better safety ratings, and a lower introductory price with a greater range of trims to choose from. There is no category where the Mazda3 didn’t objectively beat out the Civic. A new model is clearly poised to take the top spot in the compact class. Check out this impressive car at Cox Mazda located at 3101 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton, FL 34207. We are less than an hour south of Tampa and open seven days a week.