2019 Mazda3 vs. 2019 Honda Civic: Head to Head

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Mazda3 vs. Civic: Which Sporty Compact Japanese Sedan Is Right for You?

The Mazda3 and Honda Civic both perform well in our compact car rankings. Each also offer fantastic driving dynamics, upscale interiors, and top-notch safety scores.

The Mazda3 was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. It features an elegant cabin with more rear-seat and cargo space than the outgoing model, as well as an upgraded infotainment system with a larger screen. 

The 2019 Honda Civic is part of a generation that started with the 2016 model year. For 2019, it gets a refreshed exterior, the Honda Sensing suite as standard, and a physical volume knob on the dashboard. The latter feature solves the issue of distractions caused by the outgoing model’s touch-screen volume controls.

To help you make an informed buying decision, we use U.S. News Best Cars reviews and scoring data to compare these sporty compact cars in the categories that matter most to car shoppers. Use the information in this article – along with your priorities – to decide whether the Mazda3 or Honda Civic is best for you.

It’s important to reiterate that we constantly update our scores and rankings as new data and expert research become available. For this reason, the scores in this article may not match up precisely with the scores in our rankings and individual vehicle reviews.

Keep reading to learn which new compact car wins this battle.

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