Compare Mazda Mazda3 vs. Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Elantra

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2011 Mazda Mazda3 2011 Honda Civic 2011 Hyundai Elantra
2011 Mazda Mazda3 2011 Honda Civic 2011 Hyundai Elantra
4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Sport
  • 5dr HB Man s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Sport
  • 5dr HB Auto s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man Mazdaspeed3 Sport
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring
DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX-VP Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • DX-VP Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX-S Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • LX-S Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Manual Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan
  • Si Manual Sedan with Summer Tires
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • GX Natural Gas Vehicle Automatic Sedan
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MSRP $15,800 $15,805 $14,945
Invoice $14,801 $14,571 $14,536
Avg. Paid $10,797 $10,912 $11,799

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.6 8.4 8.4
Critics' Rating 9.4 9.6 9.3
Performance 8.7 8.5 8.4
Interior 8.7 8.2 8.8
Cost to Own 9.2 9.4 9.4
Safety 9.0 8.5 10.0
Reliability 3.5 3.0 2.5

Pros & Cons

  • Fun to drive
  • Quality interior
  • Good safety scores
  • Good gas mileage
  • Good reliability score
  • Great fuel economy
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Class-exclusive available heated rear seats
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Tight rear seats
  • Small trunk in sedan
  • Lower safety scores than top competitors
  • Small trunk
  • Few standard interior features
  • Engine could be more powerful

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 1.8L/110
MPG 25 City / 33 Hwy 26 City / 34 Hwy 28 City / 38 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 103.9 106.3 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 180.7 177.3 178.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.1 69.0 69.9
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 56.5 56.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2859 2630 2661 (est)

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 94.1 90.9 95.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.4 40.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 42.2 43.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 53.7 55.9
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 51.9 53.5
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 37.4 37.1
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 34.6 33.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 52.4 54.8
Second Hip Room (in) 52.2 51.0 52.7
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 11.8 12.0 14.8


AM/FM Stereo Standard Optional Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional
CD Player Standard Optional Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 148 @ 6500 140 @ 6300 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 135 @ 4500 128 @ 4300 131 @ 4700
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 34.2 34.8 34.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 34 38
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2 12.8


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Multi-link Torsion Axle
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.