Mazda has reinvented its Mazda3 for 2019, announcing the release of its fourth generation. But how does it compare to the 2019 Honda Civic, which is now in its tenth generation? In our latest face-off from Burns Honda, we’re comparing the 2019 Honda Civic vs. Mazda3 to help drivers in Marlton, Mt. Laurel, and Cherry Hill figure out which car they want to take home.
When shopping for a 2019 Mazda3, you have two body styles to choose from: sedan and hatchback. The 2019 Honda Civic, however, offers a third body style to its lineup with the sporty coupe option. Plus, Honda has plenty of trim levels for each member of the Civic family, so you can choose the model that fits your personality.
The exterior of the Mazda3 has been redesigned with a minimalist philosophy, opting for a clean and elegant look. However, this led to design features like circular taillights that don’t really make it stand out from any other car on the road. You can always tell when a Honda Civic has passed you, because of its taillights’ distinctive C shape.
If your left foot gets bored when it doesn’t have a clutch to operate, you’re in luck: Both cars offer the option for a 6-speed manual transmission. However, if you prefer your car to do the work for you, you’ll enjoy the seamless ride available in the Honda Civic, which comes with a CVT automatic transmission—as opposed to the 6-speed automatic transmission available in the Mazda3.
Digging deeper, you’ll find that both cars have MacPherson strut front suspension to keep your ride smooth. However, the Honda Civic continues to use a multi-link rear suspension in 2019, while the Mazda3 switched to a torsion beam rear suspension system this year.
While torsion beam systems have become more refined in recent years, they are still considered old fashioned by many critics and don’t allow the rear wheels to move independently of each other when going over bumps in the road. As a result, rear passengers may find the ride to be slightly smoother in the Honda Civic than in the Mazda3.
More and more cars are offering driver assistive technologies to help prevent collisions, and in 2019, Honda has made these technologies—which it calls Honda Sensing®—standard on every body style and trim level of the Civic. This suite includes features like a Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Mazda offers its own version of some of these safety features, with options such as a Driver Monitoring System, Front Cross Traffic Alert, and Cruising & Traffic Support System. However, since the Mazda3 is not yet available for purchase at the time of this writing, it’s not yet clear whether these features will be standard on all models or available as optional upgrades.
When it comes to style, handling, and safety in the 2019 Honda Civic vs. Mazda3, our team at Burns Honda thinks the Civic family of cars offers better options. However, if you’re a driver in Marlton, Mt. Laurel, or Cherry Hill, we invite you to come in to our dealership to see for yourself how the 2019 Honda Civic drives. Contact us today to schedule a test drive!