Honda City vs Mazda 2 Philippines: Specsheet battle!

Updated Apr 05, 2021

Click here to find out once and for all which is better in terms of specs, the Honda City vs Mazda 2. Two of the most popular subcompacts available in the Philippines today!

In this article...

  1. 1. Honda City vs Mazda 2: Introduction
  2. 2. Honda City vs Mazda 2: Exterior
  3. 3. Honda City vs Mazda 2: Interior
  4. 4. Honda City vs Mazda 2 Philippines: Safety
  5. 5. Honda City vs Mazda 2: Engine & Performance
  6. 6. Honda City vs Mazda 2 Philippines Price
  7. 7. Honda City vs Mazda 2: Verdict

1. Honda City vs Mazda 2: Introduction

Just look at any road here in the Philippines and its plain for you to see that the most abundant vehicle type in recent years are compact sedans. And one of those most common models here is the Honda City. There are alternatives though and one of the most notable is the Mazda 2.

While you might argue that the Honda City is indeed the more dominant brand in the country, the Mazda 2 does have its merits as a compact car model.

As such, we here at are in the mind to compare those to compact sedans against each other in terms of exterior styling, how comfortable and well design their interiors are, their safety equipment, and overall specifications.

To reign in this article’s length and complexity though, we’ll only compare each of these model’s top variants; the Honda City 1.5 VX+NAVI CVT and the Mazda 2 1.5 SKYACTIV R AT.

Honda City vs Mazda 2

Which gonna be your sedan: Honda City or Mazda 2?

2. Honda City vs Mazda 2: Exterior

Mazda 2 vs Honda City: Dimension
Honda City
Mazda 2
Length (mm)
4,440 mm
4,320 mm
Width (mm)
1,695 mm
1,695 mm
Height (mm)
1,477 mm
1,470 mm
Wheelbase (mm)
2,600 mm
2,570 mm
Ground Clearance
150 mm

As you can see from the table above, the Honda City has a much longer wheelbase and is a bit taller than the Mazda 2. While legroom and elbowroom are great on both of these cars, the Honda City’s 536 liters of space is superior.

Though that the Mazda 2’s rear passenger seats can be folded down, once in use, the trunk only amounts to around 280 liters. Also, note that people taller than 5’11’’ will have some difficulty with the Mazda 2’s roof especially with the rear seats.

A picture of the 2019 Honda City

The Honda City is a modern, well-put-together sedan

In terms of design, the Kodo design language did much to improve the proportions and stance of the Mazda 2. And if we compare the 2 to the Honda City, then the latter is a beefier looking and more angular. From the front, we think that both sedans do emit an equal amount of aggressiveness and sportiness.

A picture of the Mazda 2 on a city street

The Mazda 2 is clearly the beautiful one whereas the City is the handsome one

The rear of the Honda City

The rear of the Mazda 2.

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3. Honda City vs Mazda 2: Interior

Mazda 2 vs Honda City: Interior Features
Honda City 1.5 VX
Mazda 2 1.5 SKYACTIV R
Cruise Control
Rear Parking Sensors
Leather Upholstery
Air Conditioning System
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
Automatic Climate With Rear Controls
Entertainment System
7-inch Touchscreen with DVD/CD/8 speakers
7-inch Touchscreen LCD, CD Player, Mp3/6-speakers
Aux-in, Bluetooth, iPod, and USB
Aux-in, Bluetooth, iPod, and USB
Navigation Ready
Power Steering
Power Windows
Power Outlet
Steering Wheel Audio Control
Keyless Entry

In terms of interior build quality, both vehicles provide great value for your money. Both use around the same amount of soft-touch surfaces. Both sedans have black interior themes that tend to be easy to clean and can resist wear and tear and stains, while also being easy on the eyes.

On the Mazda 2 2019 though, we rather like the positioning of the touchscreen. It is quite visible for the person sitting on the driver’s seat while it doesn’t actually impede your line of sight. For the Honda City, it’s interior has a lot of tactile buttons and switches. And in our opinion, the set of speakers aboard the Honda offering sounds a bit better than the one on the Mazda 2.

The Honda City's front cabin

The Honda City's front cabin...

The Mazda 2's front cabin.

The Mazda 2's front cabin.

Note also that the Honda City 2019 does come with cruise control. Aside from that, the top of the line Mazda 2 Skyactiv R is every bit as well equipped as the top of the line Honda City VX save only for the latter’s HDMI connectivity option.

Lastly, we rather the automatic type AC that’s controlled by touch panels found aboard the Honda City are much more advanced that the automatic single-zone temperature control aboard the Mazda 2.

4. Honda City vs Mazda 2 Philippines: Safety

When it comes to safety equipment, both of these models are fairly competent. Both have dual front airbags, side airbags, and curtain airbags. Other safety features on both the Mazda 2 and the Honda City are ABS with EBD, engine immobilizers, stability control, and ISOFIX.

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5. Honda City vs Mazda 2: Engine & Performance

Mazda 2 vs Honda City: Engine Features
Honda City 1.5 VX
Mazda 2 1.5 SKYACTIV R
1,497 cc
1,496 cc
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
Transmission Type
Continuously Variable Transmission
SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed AT w/ Sport Mode
Drive Train
Max Output
118 HP
108 HP
Max Torque
145 Nm
139 Nm
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
40 L

A picture of the 2019 Mazda 2's engine

Here's the Mazda 2's 1.5 liter inline-4 Skyactiv-R

The 2019 Honda City's engine

And the 1.5-liter VTEC inline-4 on the Honda City 

6. Honda City vs Mazda 2 Philippines Price

Honda City Price in the Philippines 2019
Model Price
Honda City 1.5 E CVT price ₱876,000
Honda City 1.5 E MT price ₱828,000
Honda City 1.5 VX NAVI CVT price ₱985,000
Honda City 1.5 VX+ NAVI CVT price ₱1,068,000

>>> Check out the latest price list & installment for Honda City

Mazda 2 Price in the Philippines  2019
Mazda 2 Skyactiv S Sedan MT price
Mazda 2 Skyactiv S Sedan AT price
Mazda 2 Skyactiv V Sedan AT price
Mazda 2 Skyactiv R Sedan AT price
Mazda 2 Hatchback Skyactiv V Plus price
Mazda 2 Hatchback Premium Series price

>>> View full Mazda 2 price list and estimated monthly payment

The top-spec variants of the Honda City and the Mazda 2 only have a difference of Php 13,000, in lieu of the City’s cruise control and other features not found on the Mazda 2. Beyond that though, the range of prices of these model’s variants are equally spread out to accommodate a wide array of possible budgets.

7. Honda City vs Mazda 2: Verdict

While there are more popular models within the same market segment like the Toyota Vios, the Honda City and the Mazda 2 are two of the most competent choices available today. The City has a quiet and roomy interior, whilst the Mazda 2 is definitely a fun drive.

Take note though that the story might be a little different when it comes to these vehicle’s cost of maintenance, parts availability and those kinds of considerations when owning a vehicle. While Mazda has been improving in that regard for the past few years, Honda is an industry veteran and for a number of years now has won high praise for keeping up its customer satisfaction rating.

In the end, both vehicles are fairly competent for what they are. They provide good value for your money and will definitely provide the comfort you and your family needs from a sedan.

Honda City vs Mazda 2

So, your vote?

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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