Compare Mitsubishi i vs. Honda Civic vs. Mazda Mazda3

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2012 Mitsubishi i 2012 Honda Civic 2012 Mazda Mazda3
2012 Mitsubishi i 2012 Honda Civic 2012 Mazda Mazda3
4dr HB ES
  • 4dr HB ES
  • 4dr HB SE
DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • HF Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • 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
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires and Navigation
  • Natural Gas Automatic Sedan
  • Natural Gas Automatic Sedan with Navigation
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
  • 5dr HB Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man Mazdaspeed3 Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring


MSRP $29,125 $15,955 $15,200
Invoice $28,499 $14,846 $14,771
Avg. Paid $18,881 $12,180 $11,244

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.0 8.9 8.4
Critics' Rating 6.0 8.8 9.3
Performance 6.1 8.2 9.0
Interior 6.6 7.8 7.7
Cost to Own 9.4 9.4 9.2
Safety 7.5 9.7 9.2
Reliability 3.0 4.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Good cargo space for its size
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent reliability score
  • Precise steering
  • Peppy available engine
  • Athletic handling
  • Great fuel economy with Skyactiv engine
  • Sparsely-equipped interior
  • Fully redesigned
  • Cramped back seat
  • Confusing navigation system

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Electric Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG N/A 28 City / 36 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 100.4 105.1 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 144.7 177.3 180.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 62.4 69.0 69.1
Height, Overall (in) 63.6 56.5 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2579 2608 2866

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

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


Passenger Capacity 4 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 84.7 94.6 94.1
Front Head Room (in) 35.6 39.0 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 33.8 42.0 42.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 56.6 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) 49.4 50.5 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 34.3 37.1 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 30.0 36.2 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 53.3 54.0
Second Hip Room (in) 47.8 51.4 52.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 50.5
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.5 11.8


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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat 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
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

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


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Electric Motor Standard
Engine Type Electric Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 66 combined 140 @ 6500 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 145 Combined 128 @ 4300 135 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Turning diameter 30.8 34.8 34.2


Electric Fuel System Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.5


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


Automatic Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard 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.