2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Mazda3: Head to Head

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Civic vs. Mazda3: A Tale of Two Small, Sporty Japanese Cars

The Honda Civic is one of the most recognizable auto nameplates in recent history. Since its introduction to the North American market in the mid-1970s, Honda has sold millions upon millions of this venerable model. Even as pickup trucks and SUVs become the vehicles of choice for modern consumers, the Civic continues to prove that regular cars have staying and selling power. 

The 2020 Honda Civic is available as a coupe, sedan, and hatchback. The lineup also includes sporty and performance-focused models such as the Si and Type R. This multitude of configurations gives the Civic widespread appeal, and makes it easy to find a model that fits your needs. The Civic’s current generation began with the 2016 model year – the most notable change for 2020 is a refreshed exterior for the hatchback version. 

While once the Civic was almost a default choice for a small import car, today other brands have upped their game to produce some excellent competitors. One of these marques is Mazda. 

The 2020 Mazda3 also comes in sedan and hatchback versions, and it’s one of few compact cars that you can get with all-wheel drive. This Mazda last saw a full redesign for the 2019 model year, and it’s still feeling fresh. 

So, which is the better pick? On the following slides, we compare these well-rounded rivals in the categories that matter most to car shoppers, using U.S. News Best Cars reviews and scoring data in a number of categories. Keep in mind that our scores and rankings change regularly as we receive and analyze new data, so what you see on this slideshow may not match our current reviews or class rankings.

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