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2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Mazda3

Are you shopping for a new spirited sedan and not sure whether the 2020 Honda Civic or 2020 Mazda3 is right for you? To help with your research, the team at Honda of Jefferson City compared the performance, interior, exterior, tech, and safety features in the Civic versus the Mazda3. Read through the results in the following research guide, then be sure to search our selection of Honda Civic models for sale in Jefferson City, MO. If you have any questions, please contact our sales team using our online contact form or by phone at (573) 893-7676.

For the purposes of this comparison, we looked at the 2020 Honda Civic Touring Sedan versus 2020 Mazda3 Sedan Premium Package. Hatchback body styles are also available for both models. Other models in the Honda Civic family include the Honda Civic Coupe, Civic Si Sedan and Coupe, and Civic Type R for performance-minded drivers.


When you’re looking for a balance between sporty handling and efficient performance, turn to the 2020 Honda Civic or 2020 Mazda3. But if you want a turbocharged engine and fuel economy numbers the Mazda3 can’t match, turn to the 2020 Civic. The Mazda3 is available with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or i-ACTIV AWD® (all-wheel drive), while the Civic is a FWD-powered vehicle.

See key performance specs in the table below.

2020 Honda Civic Touring


2020 Mazda3 Premium Package

1.5L EarthDreams® turbocharged four-cylinder


SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L four-cylinder

EarthDreams® CVT with paddle shifters


SKYACTIV®-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission

174 HP


186 HP

162 lb.-ft.


186 lb.-ft.

30/38 MPG*

Fuel Economy (city/hwy)

27/36 MPG (FWD)

25/33 MPG (AWD)

*25 city/36 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.

Interior Comfort & Space

For a refined driving experience, both the 2020 Honda Civic and 2020 Mazda3 are top options. Both models, in the trims we compared, feature an eight-way power driver’s seat, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, plus leather-trimmed seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. For chilly winter mornings, both models include heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The 2020 Honda Civic Touring also adds a four-way power adjustable front passenger’s seat and heated rear seats.

In size, the Honda Civic offers more rear leg room and cargo volume for greater comfort and versatility. Key interior specs are as follows:


2020 Honda Civic Touring

2020 Mazda3 Premium Package

Interior Specs

  • 37.5 in. / 36.8 in. front/rear headroom
  • 42.3 in. / 37.4 in. front/rear leg room
  • 95 cu.-ft. passenger volume
  • 14.7 cu.-ft. cargo volume
  • 37.6 in. / 36.7 in. front/rear headroom
  • 42.3 in. / 35.1 in. front/rear leg room
  • 92.8 cu.-ft. passenger volume
  • 13.2 cu.-ft. cargo volume

Exterior Features

While the 2020 Honda Civic and Mazda3 offer their unique takes on the sedan body style, both cars offer several similar exterior features. Both the Civic Touring and Mazda3 Premium Package are equipped with LED headlights and daytime running lights, rain sensing windshield wipers, and a one-touch power moonroof. You’ll find 18-inch alloy wheels on both sedans.

The Civic enhances the exterior of your vehicle with a decklid spoiler and heated outside mirrors, plus fog lights for an added measure of safety.

2020 Honda Civic exterior

Technology Features

Enjoy an excellent connection to everything that matters to you in either the 2020 Honda Civic or 2020 Mazda3. In either option, you’ll enjoy Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™, and Android Auto® to connect your compatible smartphone. You can tune in to all the local stations using HD Radio™ or enjoy your favorite tunes with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.

The Civic is equipped with an intuitive seven-inch display audio system and HondaLink® app, paired with a 450-watt premium audio system with ten speakers. By comparison, the Mazda3 is outfitted with the Mazda Connect™ infotainment system with an 8.8-inch center display, paired with a Bose® 12-speaker premium audio system.

A windshield-connected full-color active driving display upgrades the Mazda, while the Honda comes with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition and Honda HD digital traffic as a unique feature.

Safety Features

Make safety a priority as you choose your next daily driver. The 2020 Mazda3 comes with safety features like blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, driver attention alert, and Mazda radar cruise control with stop and go. Meanwhile, every 2020 Honda Civic is equipped with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road departure mitigation system
  • Lane keeping assist system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning

The Civic Touring also includes Honda LaneWatch™ and a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines.

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