Compare 2020 Honda Civic vs 2020 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2020 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Honda Civic
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EX CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Civic Coupe EX CVT N/A N/A $21,923 $23,600
Civic Coupe LX CVT N/A N/A $19,563 $21,050
Civic Coupe Sport CVT N/A N/A $21,044 $22,650
Civic Coupe Sport Manual N/A N/A $20,303 $21,850
Civic Coupe Touring CVT N/A N/A $25,303 $27,250
Civic Hatchback EX CVT 31 40 $22,525 $24,250
Civic Hatchback EX-L CVT 31 40 $23,636 $25,450
Civic Hatchback LX CVT 31 40 $20,211 $21,750
Civic Hatchback Sport CVT 29 35 $21,970 $23,650
Civic Hatchback Sport Manual 29 37 $21,229 $22,850
Civic Hatchback Sport Touring CVT 29 35 $26,876 $28,950
Civic Hatchback Sport Touring Manual 29 37 $26,136 $28,150
Civic Sedan EX CVT N/A N/A $22,247 $23,950
Civic Sedan EX-L CVT N/A N/A $23,358 $25,150
Civic Sedan LX CVT N/A N/A $19,331 $20,800
Civic Sedan LX Manual 25 36 $18,591 $20,000
Civic Sedan Sport CVT N/A N/A $20,998 $22,600
Civic Sedan Sport Manual N/A N/A $20,257 $21,800
Civic Sedan Touring CVT 30 38 $25,858 $27,850
Civic Si Coupe Manual 26 36 $23,405 $25,200
Civic Si Coupe Manual w/Summer Tires 26 36 $23,590 $25,400
Civic Si Sedan Manual N/A N/A $23,405 $25,200
Civic Si Sedan Manual w/Summer Tires N/A N/A $23,590 $25,400
Civic Type R Touring Manual 22 28 $34,324 $36,995
2020 Mazda MAZDA3
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1.4T TSI Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.4T TSI Automatic 29 35 $23,035 $23,995
Golf 1.4T TSI Manual 28 36 $22,267 $23,195
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $35,802 $37,295
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 24 32 $35,034 $36,495
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 24 32 $28,219 $29,395
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 24 32 $27,452 $28,595
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 24 32 $31,675 $32,995
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 24 32 $30,907 $32,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,923
$20,565
$23,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,600
$21,500
$23,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$393 / month
N/A
$400 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.7
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars. The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive. Even with a pared lineup for a short model year, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a solid, if stoic, choice among compact hatchbacks
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Fuel Economy
City
- 24 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
- 36 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars - Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
34.5 - 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.6 - 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 - 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.6 - 93.5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 - -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.9 - 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
36.5 - 38.4
Passenger Capacity
5 - 5
Second Hip Room (in)
48.1 - -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 - 55.9
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
177.3 - 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
54.9 - 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 - 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 - 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 - 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 - 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - 5.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.9 - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 53.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 17.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes - Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 - 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc - 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes - Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 - 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA - NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel - 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 - 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion - Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 - 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/50HR17 - P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - NA
Front Tire Size
P215/50HR17 - P205/55HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2897 - 3023
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum - Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 - 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum - Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 - 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - Compact
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection - Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 1700 - 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
NA - NA
Displacement
1.5 L/91 - 1.4 L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
174 @ 6000 - 147 @ 5000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 - Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
31 - 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
35 - 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 - 35
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD - Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.65 - 0.41 - 5.07
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.24 - 3.87
Trans Type
1 - 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive - Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA - NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.86 - 4.00
Trans Order Code
NA - M8
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 1.47
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 1.00
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 1.95
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 1.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.81
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 2.97
Summary
Body Style
Coupe - Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Honda Civic Coupe - Volkswagen Golf
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link - Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link - Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut - Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut - Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.1 - 5.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- - 140
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
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2020 Honda Civic
  • 2021 Civic Hatchback arriving
  • Rebate: No cash incentives
  • Lease: From $250/mo. (2020, Sign & Drive)
  • Finance: From 1.9% APR (2020)
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2020 Mazda MAZDA3
  • 2021 Mazda3 arriving; 2020s still on sale
  • $1,500 factory rebate on 2020s; $1,000 on 2021s
  • Lease a 2021 from $189 for 36 months
  • APR from 0% for 60 months + $500 bonus
2020 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2020 Golf is nearly sold out; 2021s expected soon
  • Rebates: Unadvertised discounts + $500 credit for select customers
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 60 months
  • Lease: No special offers again this month, which is unusual
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