The Honda Civic and Mazda3 go head-to-head as two of the most sporty and fresh compacts on the market. The Civic is hugely popular and was the second best-selling compact in America in 2016, outselling the Mazda3 by a roughly 4-to-1 margin. Both Honda and Mazda offer four-door sedan and five-door-hatchback variants, but Honda goes one up on Mazda by offering a two-door coupe, as well. With the reintroduction of the Si and the U.S. debut of the high-performance Type R, the Civic range is unparalleled.
The tenth generation Civic debuted in the 2016 model year, with a completely new platform. The Mazda3 entered its fourth generation in the 2014 model year and was refreshed for 2017, with notable changes to exterior styling and the addition of G-Vectoring Control.