Motor Trend did a drive comparison of the 2019 Mazda3 2.5 sedan up against the Honda Civic 1.5 Turbo sedan. Both cars are available in South Africa. Here is the Verdict on the comarison:
“The final decision in this comparison wasn’t difficult. Although the new 3 has great styling and a premium interior, the changes made to its suspension and powertrain and its lack of standard safety technologies kept it from earning top honours. The new Mazda3 is still fun to drive, but it doesn’t have the same character it used to. If you’re cross-shopping between these two cars, you should also know that the Mazda has worse fuel economy numbers.
The Civic, on the other hand, continues to deliver on everything it promises. It can be sporty when you want it to be fun and quiet when you need a peaceful ride. Its value, standard equipment, and interior space are superior to Mazda’s, and it simply continues to be the best car in its class.”
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