Book Of 2014 Honda Civic Vs 2014 Mazda3 A-Rated Compact Cars Face Off

today's The Turn Of The Compacts To Faceoff In Our Five Category Comparison As The Honda Civic Takes On The Master Three Both Are Edmond Serrated And Both Are Up For The Fight Hello. I'm Alistair Weaver.

I'm Your Host And Your Referee And. I'm Joined By Edmunds Editors James Riswick And Mike Monticello James Representing The Mazda 3 And Mike The Honda Civic The First Category Is Performance Mike Can You Make A Case For The Civic Well. I Mean, If You're Going To Talk To Pure Instrumented Numbers Like Acceleration The Civic Is Going To Come Up A Little Bit Short Versus The Mazda 3, But There's A Lot More To The Civic Than Just Pure Numbers You Know It Has This Nice Lightweight Responsive Feel The Suspension Is Well Tuned Handles Mid-corner Bumps Really Well Which Is Not That Common For The Compact Class It Has This Small Diameter Steering Wheel That Kind Of Makes It Feel Sporty And Sometimes You Just Want To Feel Sport You Don't Actually Want To Be Sporting Unlike Most Honda's It Actually Breaks Really Well And It Didn't Have Brake Fade Like We've Had In The Past Upon It Well The Mazda 3 Isn't Just Better To Drive Than The Cynic It's Better Than Every Other Vehicle In The Class Now There Are Two Engines Available In The Three Both Of Which Have Basically The Same Fuel Economy As The Civic, But Both Of Which Are A Lot Quicker Than The Civic Now There's A Conventional Automatic Transmission On The Three And In General The Three Is Just Far More Rewarding To Drive Better Steering Better Handling You Just Feel More Connected To The Car Nice Try Mike Where This One's Easy First Blood Goes To The Master Three Moving On To Category Two James Does The Master Sacrifice Comfort The Performance Not Really Although.

I Would Say That The Civic Probably Has A More Comfortable Ride However The Quietness And The Interior Is About The Same Between The Two. I Would Note That. I Find The Three Seats A Lot More Comfortable Especially, If You Offer The Power Seats There While Contoured Nicely Bolstered And Supportive Around Turns As Well As Over Distance And.

I Would Add That As A Tall Person. I've Never Been Able To Get Comfortable In The Civic The Three Is A Bit Better What's With The Tall Jokes As Far As The Viewers. I Could Be Six Foot Four.

I Said Nothing About You You Know What. I Like About The Civic Is That You Don't Feel Like You Made This Big Sacrifice Because You Bought A Compact Car It's Pretty Much The Most Comfortable Ride In The Class None Of The Bouncing Bucking And Bobbing That You Find Typically With These Cars And It's Definitely A More Comfortable Ride Than The Mod And Yes It Has A CVT. So, Full Throttle Acceleration Is Going To Bring Some Engine Drone, But Overall Road Noise Is Impressively Squelched And.

I Might Have Just Made That Word Squelch Stuff This Is A Tuffy, If You're A Tall Driver You're Better Off In The Mazda And. I'm Certainly No Fan Of The Honda CBT Gearbox, But The Civic Still Just Shades It A Point To The Honda Point For Small People Mike Tell Me About The Honda's Interior Do You Find It To Scale You Know In General The Honda's Interior Actually Is Really Well Done The One Thing We Don't Like Is The Touch Screen It Has These Functions Buried And Submenus And You Know You've Got To Get Beyond This Weird - Tear - Thing That Has Going On, But Once You Get Used To It You Realize Having A Large Digital Speedometer Right Below Your Line Of Sight Is Actually Really Handy Now The Trunk Is Slightly Smaller Than The Mazdas, But The Opening It Is Nice And Wide The Civic Has A Lot More Usable Storage Bins Throughout The Cabin Than The Mazda And The Civic Comes With A Standard Rear-view Camera You Know This Isn't Even Really Close As Far As. I'm Concerned The 3 Has Superior Design And Materials And Almost Makes The 3 Feel Like A More Upscale Vehicle It Also Has A Superior Tech Interface With Redundant Touchscreen And Audi MMI Like Knob Controls That Are Definitely A Step Up On That Touchscreen In The Civic Now As Mike Did Say The Three's Trunk Is A Little Bit Bigger In The Sedan The 3 Has Another Advantage You Can Get It In A Hatchback Sounds Like That Mike Guy Really Knows What He's Talking About Yes.

I Agree In This Case Now The Master Is A Clear Winner Gets Another Point Now No One's Buying Either Of These Cars As A Premium Alternative. So, Value Matters Does The Master Stack Up First And Foremost From A Fuel Economy Perspective You Get Basically The Same Fuel Economy As The Civic, But You Get More Power Now Terms Of Price The Base Mazda 3 Is A Little Cheaper, But When You Equally Equip Them They're About Equal The 3 Stands Out With More Higher-end Equipment Available You Also Don't Need To Get The Absolute Loaded Model In Order To Get A Navigation System And. I'm Not Counting That App-based Navi That's Now Available On The Civic You Don't Have To Have An IPhone 5 And An HDMI Cable And There Are Some Functionality Issues It's True That Real World Fuel Economy Isn't Quite As Good In The Civic As It Is In The Mazda We Manage 34.8 Mph On Our Evaluation Loop Which Is Still Pretty Damn Good You Know The Controls In This Car Has A Nice Heft In Action That Are Uncommon For This Class, But The Big Thing Here Is Honda Has A Reputation For Quality Construction Durability And Mazda Just Doesn't Have That Yet Now There's Something Important To Remember Here Both Honda And Mazda Price Match Each Other.

So, It's No Surprise That They In Terms Of Equipment And Value They Pretty Much Even Out. So, For Me It's A Time We Can Tie. I Don't Know This Was A This Was An Option.

I'm The Referee What. I Say Goes. So, We Go To Our Last Category Fun To Drive, If The Civic Wins This One We Will Have Our First Ever Tie, But Mike The Honda Doesn't Exactly Look For Them To Drive.

So, It Sounds Like. I Can't Win No Matter What Anyway. I Can Just Tie, But Yeah The Civic Doesn't Look Super Fun And It's Not Quite As Engaging To Drive As The Mazda 3 That's True, But You Know It's Still A Fun Nimble Little Car And Not Everyone Wants A Car That's Egging Them On To Attack Every Corner They Come To The Civic Is A Good Solid Perfectly Operational Car And That's Pretty Much The Civic In A Nutshell Well The Mazda 3 In A Nutshell Is That It's Vastly Superior And More Fun To Drive Than The Civic And.

I Would Even Argue That The Civic Really Isn't That Much Fun Anymore Especially With That Droning CD T Ok. So, Now Yeah Well In General The 3 Is The Driver's Choice Not Just In This Comparison, But In The Segment Total. I Think That Probably Yeah.

I'll Take My Sweet Sorry. I'm With Jay Who's A Sensible Car Does Not Have To Be Dull. So, For Me It's An Easy Win For The Master It's A Tough Blow For Mike, But For Us The Mazda 3 Is A Worthy Winner, But Tell Us What Do You Think Be Sure To Click Here For Full Reviews Of Both The Civic And The Three And Subscribe To The Edmunds Channel For All The Latest Videos.

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