Mazda vs. Honda: Battle of the Brands in 2020

2020 Mazda Miata (Top) / 2020 Honda Civic Type R (Bottom)
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Which Japanese Car Brand Is Best for You?

While both Honda and Mazda are Japanese automakers that offer competing products and fare well in U.S. News rankings, the two automakers focus on different things. 

Honda offers more models and sells more cars. Its priorities are the mass market and overall value, with a hint of sportiness. Mazda works to appeal to a more specialized market, with greater emphasis on styling and nimble handling. While Honda’s vehicles are widely known for their dependability and family-friendliness, Mazda touts its vehicles’ “fun-to-drive” status and head-turning good looks.

How do these brands’ vehicles compare head-to-head? We’ve lined up both automakers in several categories and classes, from pricing, safety, and reliability, to small cars and midsize SUVs. In each category, we declare a winner based on the brand with the highest average score.

It’s important to reiterate that we update our scores regularly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores mentioned in this article may not match the scores in our new car rankings.

Continue reading through the following slideshow to find out if Mazda or Honda takes the crown in this battle of the brands.

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