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Honda has packed many more features into the Civic in the past couple of years, without any major price hike (although it lost the base DX). All Civics now get Bluetooth hands-free calling connectivity and audio streaming, text-message functionality, Pandora integration, and a rearview camera system. Yet at the top of the lineup the Mazda3 offers more, in things like rain-sensing wipers and adaptive bi-xenon headlamps. All 's' versions, as well as 'i' Grand Touring (and optioned 'i' Touring models) include the Mazda Connect system, which brings a large, colorful, high-contrast touch-screen display atop the dash.

Overall, if you simply go by the numbers and consider only value for the money--or want a simple commuting car--you could be satisfied with either the Civic or the Mazda3. The Civic has become a much more agreeable sedan for commuters, and those who put pragmatism at the top. But especially if you like driving, and want a sharp-looking, sharp-performing car, the new 2014 Mazda3 is the clear choice.

2014 Honda Civic 2014 Mazda MAZDA3
2014 Honda Civic 2014 Mazda Mazda3
TCC Rating
8.0 The 2014 Honda Civic brings better refinement back to the lineup, but there's more to come, we're told. 8.4 The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience; but its tight, noisy cabin means that it’s not at all the best pick for pragmatists.
Styling
7The 2014 Honda Civic is conservative, yet contemporary enough; and the few nips and tucks Honda gave it last year made it more handsome. Read more9Either as a curvaceous small sedan or hunkered-back hatchback, the 2014 Mazda 3 is a complete design expression with a lot of sports car influence. Read more
Performance
7The 2014 Civic offer a responsive, refined driving experience, for what it is; but the performance-oriented Honda Civic Si no longer wows. Read more8Among frugal small cars, the 2014 Mazda3 is one of the most entertaining and engaging to drive—although the steering might not quite measure up to expectations. Read more
Quality
8Well-configured seating, a pleasant ride, and upgraded materials all make the Civic's interior one of the better ones in this class. Read more7The 2014 Mazda 3 has the look and feel of a more expensive car inside, in many respects, but its low-slung seating and hunkered-back roofline bring some comfort consequences that some will have trouble accepting; so is its rather busy and noisy ride. Read more
Safety
10The 2014 Honda Civic is one of the safest compacts you can get; and a standard backup camera leaves it without any significant safety shortcomings. Read more9The 2014 Mazda 3 earned Top Safety Pick+ status, and new active-safety options secure some added respect. Read more
Features
8Standard features in the 2014 Civic include Bluetooth and even Pandora integration. Read more9For the most part, the Mazda 3 is about on par with other vehicles in the segment; although if you step up to top Grand Touring models, you get a lot of tech features, at a price that’s still under $30k. Read more
Green
9The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid is one of the highest-MPG compact sedans; meanwhile the HF adds to fuel economy on a tight budget. Read more8With the entire lineup offering more than 30 mpg Combined, and the top-of-the-line Tech Package adding the fuel-saving i-ELOOP system, the 2014 Mazda 3 lineup shows that going frugal can still be fun. Read more
MSRP
from $18,390 from $16,945
Invoice
from $17,100 from $16,474
Fuel Economy - Combined City and Highway
31 33
Front Leg Room (in)
42 42.2
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2
Read Full Specs
35.8
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