Compare: The Mazda3 vs. the Honda Civic

As one of the most stylish cars on the market, the Mazda3 has always turned heads and impressed Hillsboro drivers, but how does it stand up against its competition? The Honda Civic is another vehicle well-known around Oregon, but at Royal Moore Mazda, we think that the new Mazda3 does a pretty good job beating it out. Let's break down this matchup blow-by-blow so you can see what each vehicle brings to the table.

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Power and Performance

Both vehicles offer you potent, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines on the standard trims that are pretty evenly matched, although the Mazda3's offers considerably more torque. When you upgrade your engine, the Mazda3 quickly gains an advantage, as its available engine is more powerful than anything the Civic has to offer to Hillsboro drivers.

The Civic uses a Continuously Variable Transmission while the Mazda3 uses a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic. Some say this is a matter of preference, but we think the six-speed gives you a much better driving experience than the CVT.


Modern cars  need to have plenty of tech features to stay competitive around Aloha, OR, and the Mazda3 definitely beats out the Civic in this category. The Mazda3 comes with standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capabilities, so you can integrate your smart devices and access your apps, media, and calls all from your infotainment system. This standard connective tech is a huge plus for Portland, OR, drivers who want to listen to music or take calls without distraction.


Both vehicles offer comprehensive airbag systems and powerful frames, but the Mazda3 has more available features at the base level. Active safety features like the available Blind Spot Monitor are massive fan favorites and you can't get them without opting for a more expensive trim on the Civic.

At Royal Moore Mazda, we definitely think the Mazda3 wins this contest easily, but if you need some more convincing just stop by our Hillsboro area dealership and take one for a test drive.

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