2017 Mazda3 vs 2017 Honda Civic

Island Mazda of Union, New Jersey introduces the 2017 Mazda3. Honda and Mazda are both known for the leanness and charm that they can build into their compact cars. Both brands have, for decades, excelled at not just at making good, fuel-efficient subcompact sedans (and hatchbacks) but also ones that are nimble and fun to drive. And the latest Honda Civic and Mazda3 keep entirely with that reputation—in offering more personality than a lot of the other driving appliances out there at the price. Honda has brought the Civic back in form with an all-new 2016 model that has a clean-sheet design, stiff new body, and efficient new engines—plus even more of an emphasis on safety technology. Meanwhile, the current version of the Mazda3 is one of our top-rated compact cars, with an eye-catching exterior, excellent handling, and more of a premium feel than its low price might suggest.

In performance, the Mazda3 manages to feel sporty no matter which model you choose, while the Honda Civic splits its identities but makes major improvements in ride and handling in any of its variants. If you go with the standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine in the Civic, making 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet, you’ll get familiar, linear power delivery; it’s unobtrusive but also unexciting. Go with the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, making 174 hp and 162 lb-ft, and you get a much more energetic personality—although through the CVT you’ll be missing the direct input or right-now shift quality of either a good manual gearbox or conventional automatic.

Ride and handling for the new Civic is a huge improvement over the outgoing model; on turbo models, in particular, you get upgraded hydraulic suspension bushings that help deliver a compliant ride, good control, and excellent steering.

Stop by Island Mazda near Union, New Jersey and check out the all new 2017 Mazda3 and take it for a test drive today!

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