Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic or Mazda 6?

Help our letter sender decide
by Botchi Santos | Sep 22, 2011

Hi, Botchi!

I have always been a fan of your columns and I am an active reader as well.

I have been thinking of getting a sedan for a change since I have always been driving sport-utility vehicles. I'd really appreciate it if you could help me out by giving your input on my choices, specially the first one.

I've narrowed my final choices to these three: Mazda 6, which is my first choice, followed by the Chevrolet Cruze CRDi, and the Honda Civic 2.0 S.

I know my choices are a bit far from one another. I'm a single guy and these cars really caught my eye. I'm not looking at other options so I hope you can help me choose from these three.

Thank you very much!

Yours truly,


Hi, Michael!

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The three sedans you listed are in some ways interesting, different and also intelligent choices.

The Honda Civic is the best in class for gasoline-powered sedans but, if rumors are to be believed, Honda is expected to soon launch an all-new Civic. Discounting that, the Civic has that rare mix of quality, refinement and dynamic ability we all look for in a car. The complete package, however, comes at a premium as the Civic 2.0 is the most expensive in its class (and good luck getting a discount from Honda!).

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The Mazda 6 is a very sporty midsize sedan. It is outgunned by the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry because both established Japanese brands have a V6 engine option while the Mazda only comes with a 2.4 liter inline-4 engine. However, should you be sticking strictly to that class, the Mazda 6 is outclassed in terms of sporty driving dynamics and fine handling by the Subaru Legacy GT. The Mazda's exterior is very interesting. The entire shape is based on that of a four-sided, quasi-diamond leaf and you can see this consistent design cue from the headlight assembly down to the overall shape of the car. Inside, Mazda's quality has steadily improved and should continue to do so over the next few years.

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The Chevrolet Cruze diesel is the newest bad boy in town armed with a powerful CRDi diesel engine. Unfortunately I've yet to drive this particular variant. If anything, the 1.8-liter gasoline engine is something you might find immensely pleasing with the Cruze's refinement, high-speed stability and surprisingly good handling.

I'd personally leave the Civic out, and your choice will boil down to the Mazda 6 or the Chevy Cruze. The Mazda 6 is the safer choice but it will suffer from poor resale value, which is unwarranted for Mazda. Methinks the Cruze will be more rewarding to own and drive in the long term because it offers better value for money, offers stump-pulling torque and amazing fuel efficiency, thanks to the diesel engine. It is also adventurously different.

Hope this helps! Good luck and God bless!

Botchi Santos

Consumer editor

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