Compare Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic vs. Mazda Mazda3

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2013 Hyundai Elantra 2012 Honda Civic 2012 Mazda Mazda3
2013 Hyundai Elantra 2012 Honda Civic 2012 Mazda Mazda3
4dr Sdn Auto GLS (Alabama Plant)
  • 4dr Sdn Man GLS (Alabama Plant)
  • 2dr Man GS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS (Alabama Plant)
  • 5dr HB Man
  • 5dr HB Man w/Blue Int
  • 2dr Auto GS
  • 5dr HB Auto
  • 5dr HB Auto w/Blue Int
  • 2dr Man SE
  • 2dr Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto Limited (Alabama Plant)
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 $17,965 $15,955 $15,200
Invoice $17,360 $14,846 $14,771
Avg. Paid $14,326 $12,180 $11,244

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.8 8.9 8.4
Critics' Rating 8.3 8.8 9.3
Performance 7.3 8.2 9.0
Interior 7.9 7.8 7.7
Cost to Own 9.3 9.4 9.2
Safety 9.0 9.7 9.2
Reliability 2.5 4.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Good cargo space
  • Roomy cabin
  • High fuel economy ratings
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent reliability score
  • Precise steering
  • Peppy available engine
  • Athletic handling
  • Great fuel economy with Skyactiv engine
  • Limited highway passing power
  • Fully redesigned
  • Cramped back seat
  • Confusing navigation system

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 28 City / 38 Hwy 28 City / 36 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy



Body Style Sedan Sedan 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 106.300 105.1 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.300 177.3 180.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.900 69.0 69.1
Height, Overall (in) 56.500 56.5 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2701 2608 2866

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional Standard
Trip Computer Standard 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 Optional Optional Standard
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
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 95.600 94.6 94.1
Front Head Room (in) 40.000 39.0 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 43.600 42.0 42.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.900 56.6 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) 53.500 50.5 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.100 37.1 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 33.100 36.2 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.800 53.3 54.0
Second Hip Room (in) 52.700 51.4 52.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.800 12.5 11.8


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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
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 Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard 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 1.8L/110 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 148 @ 6500 140 @ 6500 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 131 @ 4700 128 @ 4300 135 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift Manual Manual
Turning diameter 34.780 34.8 34.2


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 36 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.800 13.2 14.5


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


Automatic Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-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.