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Mazda 3 vs. Honda Civic

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Mazda 3

$433
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda Civic

$365
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Mazda 3 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $433 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the 3 is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
5
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda Civic Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $365 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Civic is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$433
inexpensive
expensive
$365
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.26
not often
very often
0.27
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(4)
4
(11)
3
(6)
2
(4)
1
(0)
The Mazda Mazda3 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile tires, while good looking, make the ride a tad rough. I know it's a sporty little wagon but you defini...”
“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile ti...”
5
(21)
4
(74)
3
(15)
2
(8)
1
(0)
The Honda Civic ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in brakes.
“I am the owner of a Honda Civic EX Special Edition Coupe. Although it's been fun to drive, this car has bad engine design. My car blew a head gasket at around 60k miles and again around 180k mile...”
“I am the owner of a Honda Civic EX Special Edition Coupe. Although it's been fun to drive, this ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Mazda 3 and the Honda Civic are both compact sedans. The Mazda 3 is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The Honda Civic is available as a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe and a five-door hatchback. Both of these cars come with front-wheel drive. 

These two vehicles come with similar engine choices. The Mazda 3 has a standard engine with 155 horsepower, as well as a 184-horsepower option. The Honda Civic has a standard engine with 158 horsepower, with options up to 180 horsepower. Not much difference here. 

The Mazda 3 really shines in the fun-to-drive department, with an extremely pleasing combination of ride, handling and responsiveness. It feels like a four-door sports car, and fits snugly around the occupants. It looks great, too. 

The Honda Civic is much more spacious inside, and is better suited as a multipurpose family vehicle. It also offers one of the last remaining two-door coupes in its segment.

For driving pleasure and overall style, the Mazda 3 is the clear winner here. But if you value interior space and practicality, or you’d like a two-door, the Honda Civic will give you more of what you’re looking for.

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