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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.

2021 Mazda3

2021 Mazda3 Hatchback

2021 Mazda 3 Starting Price: $21,445 | Price yours or View listings near you.

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

2020 Honda Civic Sedan

2021 Honda Civic Starting Price: $22,005 | Price yours or View listings near you.

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