2022 Honda Civic vs Mazda3 Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Nov 24, 2021

Is the all-new Civic a match for the Mazda3?

In this article...

  1. Sleek sedan battle
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine and Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Price
  7. Conclusion

2022 Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Sleek sedan battle

Honda Cars Philippines Inc. has just brought in the all-new 11th-generation Civic sedan. It comes with a ton of improvements mainly on its engine and on-board tech, and it also gets a sleek new exterior as well. 

To this end, the competition in the Philippines compact sedan market segment is once again heating up.  

So how does it compare to its competitors like the Mazda3? Well, to find out, we’ll be comparing the top-spec Honda Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT against the Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT. Of note, the said Mazda3 variant was also introduced in 2021, and its price closely matches up against the aforementioned Honda Civic variant. 

A picture of the 2022 Civic and the Mazda3 head to head.

Which sedan is better on paper? Let's find out.

2022 Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Exterior

When it comes to size, the new 2022 Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT is 4,678mm long, 1,802mm wide, and 1,415mm in height. Its wheelbase is 2,735mm long, and it has a curb weight of 1,337kg. It then has a ground clearance of 134mm. 

Side CivicSide Mazda3

Compare the 2022 Honda Civic RS Turbo (left) against the Mazda3 sedan (right) using the slider

Meanwhile, the Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT comes with a length of 4,660mm, a width of 1,795mm, and a height of 1,445mm. Its wheelbase then has a length of 2,725mm, and it has a ground clearance of 135mm. It also has a curb weight of 1,373kg. 

Honda Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT 

Dimensions 

Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT  

4,678mm 

Length 

4,660mm 

1,802mm 

Width 

1,795mm 

1,415mm 

Height 

1,445mm 

2,735mm 

Wheelbase 

2,725mm 

1,337kg 

Curb Weight 

1,373kg 

134mm 

Ground Clearance 

135mm 

To sum it up, the top-spec Civic is longer, wider, but is shorter in height compared to the top-spec Mazda3. They both have an equal amount of ground clearance, but the Mazda model is a bit heavier than the Honda. 

Honda Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT 

Exterior Equipment 

Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT   

LED w/ auto-on/off 

Headlamps 

LED w/ auto-on/off 

LED 

Daytime Running Lights 

LED 

Halogen 

Turn signal lamps 

LED 

LED 

Taillights 

LED 

LED 

Front fog lights 

LED 

With 

Rear spoiler 

With 

18 

Wheel size 

17 

Alloy 

Wheel type 

Alloy 

In terms of exterior features, both the top-spec 2022 Honda Civic and Mazda3 models come with LED headlamps with an auto-on/off function, LED daytime running lamps, and LED taillights. Both also have LED front fog lamps, a rear spoiler, and a set of 18-inch alloy wheels. 

Civic rearMazda3 rear

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Other features on the Civic RS Turbo and the Mazda3 M Hybrid are power-folding side mirrors with power adjustment, and rain-sensing wipers. 

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2022 Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Interior

Moving on to interiors, both the Civic RS Turbo and the Mazda 3 M Hybrid can comfortably seat up to five occupants. Both offer leather seats, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning systems, a push to start button, electric adjustment for the driver’s seat, as well as tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment. 

A picture of the interior of the 2022 Honda Civic

Inside the 2022 Honda Civic RS Turbo

Honda Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT 

Interior Equipment 

Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT 

Leather 

Seat material 

Leather 

Electronic 

Driver’s seat adjustment 

Electronic 

Tilt and Telescopic 

Steering wheel adjustment 

Tilt and Telescopic 

Dual-zone automatic AC 

Air-conditioning type 

Dual-zone automatic AC  

Push button 

Ignition 

Push button 

Seating capacity 

Both cars also feature auto-dimming review mirrors, and a wealth of soft-touch surfaces. The Mazda3 however, comes with a heads-up display, as well as a sunroof. The Civic RS Turbo lacks those features, but in turn, it has a fully digital gauge cluster. 

A picture of the interior of the Mazda3

The Mazda3's interior

Honda Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT 

On-board tech 

Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT 

9-inch touchscreen 

Infotainment system 

8.8-inch touchscreen 

Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Bluetooth, USB 

Connectivity options 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Bluetooth, USB 

12 

# of Speakers 

12 

With 

Offline Navigation 

With 

With 

Power-folding side mirror 

With 

With 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror 

With 

With 

Rain-sensing wipers 

With 

As for on-board entertainment, the Civic RS Turbo gets a 9-inch touchscreen while the Mazda3 gets an 8.8-inch touchscreen. Both get a 12-piece Bose speaker system, as well as offline navigation. Both units also come with Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. The one on the Civic though, has wireless Apple CarPlay, whereas the Mazda3 gets the standard Apple CarPlay. 

2022 Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the Civic RS Turbo and the Mazda 3 M Hybrid feature very different powerplants. For the Honda model, it uses an inline-4 turbocharged gasoline mill that can make up to 175 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. It is then paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a paddle shifter manual mode.  

A picture of the 2022 Civic's engine

The 2022 Civic's 1.5-liter turbo inline-4 DOHC VTEC engine

On the flip-side, the Mazda3 M Hybrid comes with a naturally-aspirated inline-4 gasoline engine supported by a 24-volt lithium-ion battery and an integrated starter generator. At maximum, this system can put out 162 horsepower and 213 Nm of torque. It then gets a six-speed automatic gearbox, which also has paddle shifters for its manual mode. 

Both cars are front-wheel-drive. But do note that the Civic RS Turbo makes a bit more horsepower and torque than the Mazda. 

For suspensions, both vehicles use a MacPherson strut for the front. The rear suspension of the Honda model however is a multi-link type, whereas the Mazda3 uses a torsion beam type suspension.  

A picture of the Mazda3 on the road

The Mazda3 M Hybrid also has regenerative braking

Both cars then use ventilated front disc brakes, and a solid rear disc brake. They also have electronic parking brakes with an auto-brake hold function. 

Specs 

Honda Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT 

Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT 

Engine 

Inline-4 turbocharged gasoline 

Inline-4 hybrid gasoline 

Displacement 

1.5-liters 

2.0-liters 

Transmission 

Continuously variable transmission 

Six-speed automatic transmission 

Horsepower 

175 horsepower 

162 horsepower 

Torque 

240 Nm 

213 Nm 

Drivetrain 

Front-wheel-drive 

Front-wheel-drive 

2022 Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Safety

In terms of safety, both cars are pretty much on par with each other. They both have the standard safety equipment you’d expect from modern vehicles. We’re talking about anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, ISOFIX child seat tethers, stability control, an engine immobilizer and car alarm, among others. 

A picture of the 2022 Honda Civic

All trims of the 2022 Civic now comes with Honda Sensing

Both cars even have their own collection of driver-assist technologies. For the Civic, there’s the Honda Sensing. For the Mazda, there’s the I-Activsense. Both of these offer lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, blind-spot detection, rear-cross traffic alert, among others.  

Of note, the only driver-assist features available on the Mazda3 that’s not present on the new Civic are the driver monitor system and front-cross traffic alert. 

A picture of the Mazda3 sedan near a house

Only the top-spec Mazda 3 M Hybrid variants come with the i-Activsense suite

The Civic does have some driver-assist features that are in turn unavailable on the Mazda3. These include a lead car departure notification system, and a road departure mitigation system. 

Honda Civic RS Turbo 1.5 CVT 

Safety equipment 

Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT 

Airbags 

With 

Antilock braking with EBD 

With 

With 

Reverse Camera 

With 

Adaptive 

Cruise control 

Adaptive 

With 

Hill-start assist 

With 

With 

Stability control 

With 

With 

ISOFIX child seat tethers 

With 

With 

Lane departure warning 

With 

With 

Blind-spot detection 

With 

None 

Tire pressure monitoring 

None 

With 

Engine immobilizer 

With 

With 

Security alarm 

With 

With 

Emergency braking 

With 

2022 Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Price

2022 Honda Civic Variants 

Price 

Civic S Turbo Honda Sensing 1.5 CVT 

Php 1,290,000 

Civic V Turbo Honda Sensing 1.5 CVT 

Php 1,498,000 

Civic RS Turbo Honda Sensing 1.5 CVT 

Php 1,690,000 

 

2022 Mazda3 Variants 

Price 

Mazda3 Sport 2.0 AT 

Php 1,495,000 

Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT 

Php 1,695,000 

2022 Honda Civic vs Mazda3: Conclusion

As a summary, the 2022 Honda Civic and the 2022 Mazda3 are pretty much comparable when it comes to safety and interior comfort. Well, there are some variances when it comes to on-board safety tech, but each car can be considered as “very well kitted out” when it comes to overall safety. 

If you value performance though, the Honda Civic in general makes more horsepower and torque than the Mazda3. Then again, a driver who prioritizes “driving feel” might want the geared tranny that the Mazda3 uses. That boils down to a car buyer’s choice though, so we urge you to take each car for a test drive. 

And as for looks, well, we’ll leave that up to you as well. If you ask us though, both cars are elegant and sleek, and they each look great in their own unique way. 

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Author

Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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