November 29, 2021

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2022 Mazda3 Sedan vs. 2022 Honda Civic Sedan Comparison

After a full redesign in 2019, the 2022 Mazda3 continues largely unchanged into 2022, while the Honda Civic has undergone a complete revamp for 2022. Let’s compare them.

2022 Mazda3 Sedan

2022 Mazda3 Sedan Starting Price: $21,000 (est.) | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Excellent handling; optional all-wheel drive; sedan and hatchback body styles; high-quality materials; standard driver-assist features; optional turbo engine.

Below Average: Manual transmission only available on the Premium hatchback; large blind spots.

Consensus: Giving buyers a choice of engines including a powerful 2.5-liter turbo, the 2022 Mazda3 also comes as either a sedan or hatchback. With either body style, there are some fairly large blind spots caused by thick C-pillars.

2022 Honda Civic Sedan

2022 Honda Civic Sedan

2022 Honda Civic Sedan Starting Price: $21,700 | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Roomy; fuel-efficient; choice of engines; sedan or hatchback body styles; fun to drive.

Below Average: Styling may be too plain; plastic shift paddles.

Consensus: Completely redesigned for its 11th generation, the 2022 Honda Civic sedan is handsome, roomy, and a lot of fun to drive. Trim and engine choices give buyers the option to either go sporty or more luxurious.

Mazda3 vs. Civic: Sporty and Fun

Mazda3

The driver’s car of the compact class, the best thing about the 2022 Mazda3 sedan is that it handles incredibly well, and now with the optional 2.5-liter turbo, has the power to compete with the best in its class.

Even the base Mazda3 is a blast to drive, with a very capable 2.0-liter 4-cylinder hooked to a 6-speed automatic transmission that always knows what gear to be in. Front-wheel drive is standard, although the Mazda3 is one of the rare members of its class that offers all-wheel drive, which comes standard on the Turbo model.

The interior of the Mazda3 exudes a premium feel, including the base model with its cloth seats. Other trims get synthetic leather, and the top trims have the real thing. There are lots of soft-touch materials, and an 8.8-inch screen provides the infotainment center. It is not a touchscreen, however, but is instead controlled by a rotary knob similar to those found in Audis and BMWs.

The new 2.0 is considered the base model and is only available as a sedan, and while it has the screen, USB ports, Bluetooth, and push-button start, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay are not available until the next level up.

While not as well equipped with safety features as the above models, the base trim includes both adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. The sedan has a useful 13 cubic feet of storage space, about 7 cubic feet shy of the hatchback. Resale values are about average for the segment.

Honda Civic

With its full redesign this year, the 2022 Honda Civic represents the start of the 11th generation. It brings more room and increased fuel efficiency. Power comes from either a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that’s a carryover from the last generation or a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, both connected to the front wheels via a continually variable transmission (CVT).

The fuel economy has been improved this year without a decrease in performance, and the Civic remains a lot of fun to drive. The view out is outstanding, and the Civic actually enjoys twisty roads, with good steering feel and impressive grip.

With a slightly longer wheelbase, rear-seat room has been improved, and despite the sedan’s sloped roof, headroom is still good. The interior design of the Civic is understated but handsome, and the seats are both comfortable and supportive.

Standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen, push-button start, and automatic climate control, as well as 10 airbags, the HondaSensing suite of safety features, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Depending on whether you go for sport or luxury, your Civic can get larger wheels, shift paddles, and grippier seat fabric, or a moonroof, leather seats, and a 9-inch high-definition touchscreen.

While this review focuses on the sedan, the new Civic is also available as a hatchback, and sportier Si and Type R editions are expected next year.

Similarities

Price; warranty; sporty driving; turbo upgrade engines; no hybrid option; available hatchback body style.

2022 Mazda3 Sedan Advantages

Optional all-wheel drive; base power; interior space.

2022 Honda Civic Sedan Advantages

Fuel economy; trunk volume; Apple CarPlay/Android Auto on base model.

Which One is Right for Me?

Not only is the 2022 Mazda3 fun to drive, but it also exudes a premium vibe far above its entry-level pricing. It’s engaging, fun, and offers optional all-wheel drive and a 250-horsepower turbo engine.

Holding steady since 1973, Honda has a proven formula with the Civic, and the 2022 Honda Civic only improves on that, with better driving manners, more space, and improved fuel economy.

Ready to buy a Mazda3 or Honda Civic? Shop for one on sale now near you.

2022 Mazda 3 2022 Honda Civic
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter I4 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower 155 hp @ 5,000 rpm 158 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 150 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 138 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
Transmission 6-spd automatic CVT
Fuel Economy 31 mpg (28 city/36 hwy) 35 mpg (31 city/40 hwy)
Also Available 2.5-liter I4; 2.5-liter turbo I4; 6-spd manual; AWD 1.5-liter turbo I4; 6-spd manual
Specs
Basic warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 107.3 inches 107.7 inches
Overall Length 183.5 inches 184.0 inches
Width 70.7 inches 70.9 inches
Height 56.9 inches 55.7 inches
Turning Diameter 37.3 feet 36.1 feet
Headroom, Front 38.0 inches 39.3 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.2 inches 37.1 inches
Legroom, Front 42.3 inches 42.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 35.1 inches 37.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.7 inches 57.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 53.5 inches 56.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 92.8 cubic feet 99.0 cubic feet
EPA Cargo Volume 13.2 cubic feet 14.8 cubic feet