If there's one thing we know from our many years of serving customers in the Cherry Hill area, it's that commuters need a sedan that's comfortable, fuel efficient, and high tech. That's why we recommend popular cars like the 2020 Honda Civic and Mazda3. Which one will you drive through Mt. Laurel and Marlton, NJ?

At Burns Honda, we think that both sedans have what it takes to satisfy the needs of local drivers like you. However, we want you to drive the car that's the best fit for your unique lifestyle. So, we put together this Honda Civic vs. Mazda3 comparison. Give it a read, and then contact us to test drive your favorite!

Honda Civic vs MAZDA3 MPG

If you commute every day to the office or spend a lot of time on the road, then you probably want a sedan with a high level of efficiency. Both the Honda Civic and Mazda3 fit the bill here. They both come standard with a lightweight front-wheel drive (FWD) system that can really help to keep your mileage down.

For a full overview of how these two cars compare in terms of EPA-estimated efficiency ratings, you can check out the table below:


2020 Honda Civic Sedan

2020 MAZDA3 Sedan

MPG (EPA-estimated)

32 MPG city/42 MPG highway1

27 city/36 highway

Trim levels


Premium Package

As you can see, the Honda Civic can get an EPA-estimated fuel rating of 32 MPG city and 42 MPG highway with FWD and the EX and EX-L trims. The highest fuel economy that the Mazda3 sedan achieves is 27 MPG city and 36 MPG highway with FWD and the Premium Package.

Their transmissions may play a big part in this difference in MPG ratings. The Mazda sedan comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Honda, on the other hand, maximizes efficiency with its continuously variable transmission (CVT), which does away with the regular gears of a typical automatic. Instead, it allows for nearly infinite, optimized shifts between the upper and lower limits.

Due to this, drivers in the Mazda3 may find themselves stopping to fill up more often than those in the Honda Civic.

Interior Dimensions and Trunk Space

We know that local drivers tend to spend a lot of time behind the wheel. So, the cabin of your sedan should fit like a glove while still offering plenty of space for passengers and cargo. That's why we love that both the Honda Civic and Mazda3 offer enough seating for five passengers and plenty of front-row legroom. Check out the specs below:


2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda3

Passenger volume

97.8 cubic feet

92.8 cubic feet

Legroom (front/rear)

42.3/37.4 inches

42.3/35.1 inches

Trunk volume

15.1 cubic feet

13.2 cubic feet

As you likely noticed, the Honda Civic offers five additional cubic feet of passenger volume over the Mazda3. Since the two cars have identical front-row legroom, this difference is mostly felt in the back seat. Here, Mazda3 passengers get 2.1 inches less legroom than those in the Honda Civic.

You may also have to leave a few things behind when you're loading up the trunk if you drive the Mazda3. This sedan has a 13.2-cubic-foot trunk volume compared to 15.1 cubic feet of trunk volume in the Honda Civic. That's a difference of almost two cubic feet, or roughly the equivalent of a carry-on suitcase.

2020 Honda Civic vs MAZDA3: Test Drive Your Favorite

We hope that our 2020 Honda Civic vs. Mazda3 comparison was able to help you figure out which one you want to drive around Mt. Laurel, Cherry Hill, and Marlton, NJ. If you like what the Civic offers, contact the team at Burns Honda and we'll set you up with a test drive.

Contact us to test drive the Honda Civic today!

125 city/35 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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