Spec-sheet brawl: Honda Civic vs. Mazda 3

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by Drei Laurel | Dec 20, 2021
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Late in November, Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) introduced the all-new Civic to the local market. This latest iteration is a noticeably classier take on the brand’s compact sedan, sporting a more executive appearance and a more polished cabin.

Now, the Civic is a household name around these parts, but local competition is fierce. Another top dog in the segment is the Mazda 3, which received an update shortly before the all-new Civic’s arrival.

For this spec-sheet brawl, we’re taking a look at these two compact sedans’ mid-spec variants. Only a mere P3,000 separates the Honda Civic 1.5 V Turbo CVT with Honda Sensing from the Mazda 3 2.0 Sedan Sport AT. The former carries a P1,498,000 price tag, while the latter goes for a slightly more affordable P1,495,000.

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The mid-level Civic packs a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine capable of 176hp and 240Nm of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission. The Mazda 3, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline mill with 153hp and 200Nm, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Mazda’s sedan arguably has a leg up when it comes to convenience, though. It comes equipped with front and rear parking sensors, as well as a 360-degree camera with which you can observe your car’s surroundings. The Civic, meanwhile, uses a reverse parking camera with guidelines. Oh, and only the Mazda gets a sunroof.

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As usual, we don’t choose the winners here—you guys do. Check out the spec breakdown below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

2022 Honda Civic 1.5 V Turbo CVT Honda Sensing 2022 Mazda 3 2.0 Sedan Sport A/T
Price (Philippine Peso) P1,498,000 P1,495,000
Drive FWD FWD
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine setup 1.5-liter turbocharged DOHC gasoline 2.0-liter DOHC gasoline
Power (hp) 176hp @ 6,000rpm 153hp @ 6,000rpm
Torque (Nm) 240Nm @ 1,700-4,500rpm 200Nm @ 4,000rpm
Transmission Continuously variable transmission 6-speed automatic
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 47 51
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/solid disc Ventilated disc/solid disc
Wheels 17-inch alloy 18-inch aluminum alloy
Tires 215/50 R17 215/45 R18
Front suspension MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Multilink Torsion beam axle
Seat material Fabric Leather
Tilt/telescopic steering wheel adjustment Yes/yes Yes/yes
Paddle shifters No Yes
Infotainment system 7-inch touchscreen w/ Bluetooth 8.8-inch LCD w/ Bluetooth, smartphone mirroring
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Yes/yes Yes/yes
Smart keyless entry Yes Yes
Push-to-start ignition Yes Yes
Parking brake Electronic Electronic
Automatic climate control Yes Yes
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution Fabric Yes
Hill-start assist Yes Yes
Electronic stability control Yes Yes
Cruise control Yes Yes
Blind-spot monitoring No Yes
Forward-collision alert Yes No
Automatic emergency braking Yes No
Rear cross-traffic alert No Yes
Parking assist Reverse camera w/ guide lines Front and rear sensors, 360-degree camera
Airbags Driver and front passenger, side Driver and front passenger, side curtain, driver knee
Dimensions (mm) 4,678 x 1,802 x 1,415 4,660 x 1,795 x 1,445
Wheelbase (mm) 2,735 2,725

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ILLUSTRATION: Echo Antonio
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