The sporty, stylish 2021 Mazda3 takes on the always-reliable 2021 Honda Civic. Both offer engine choices and either sedan or hatchback body styles. Here’s how they compare.
Above Average: Excellent handling; optional all-wheel drive; sedan or hatchback body style; standard driver-assist features; optional turbo engine.
Below Average: Manual transmission only available on the Premium hatchback; hatchback body style isn’t for everyone; large blind spots.
Consensus: Mazda gives buyers a choice of engines including a powerful 2.5-liter turbo as well as the option of either a sedan or hatchback. The Mazda3 sedan is smartly styled, while the hatchback differs from convention with its thick C-pillars.
2021 Honda Civic
Above Average: Sedan or hatchback body style; reliable; high resale value.
Below Average: No hybrid or AWD variant; former sporty Si version has been dropped; no Apple CarPlay/Android Auto in the base model.
Consensus: As rock-solid a compact as you’ll ever find, the 2021 Honda Civic offers a choice of engines, either a sedan or hatchback body style, and plenty of good standard features. Sadly, Honda no longer offers either a hybrid or the