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#4549 of 4993 Re: Mazda3 or Honda Civic [radioczarina]
Jan 14, 2010 (9:41 am)
First of all, I'm a female and trying to make a smart simple purchase. I'm a week away from buying a Mazda3 2010 Gunmetal Blue Mica. It appears that the Honda Civic has much better gas mileage and the reviews are better.
Well, I'm not sure where you found that the Honda Civic gets "much better gas mileage". The 2010 Civic is rated at 25-36 and the Mazda3 i is rated at 24-33. Not too far off considering the Mazda has more power.
As far as reviews go, the Civic will have an advantage is long term durability because the Civic has been around for over 20 years. The Mazda3 has been around since 2004. It was the Protege before that.
The Mazda is a better "drivers" car. The reviews prove that. It is more fun to drive and does carry a very good reputation for reliability and longevity.
It all depends on what you value. If the prices are very close, buy the car you like more. That is the most important factor. They are both great cars.
#4550 of 4993 Re: Mazda3 or Honda Civic [aviboy97]
Jan 14, 2010 (11:28 am)
I don't think the fact that Honda has used the same model name over several redesigns, while Mazda has changed the name from 323 to Protege to Mazda3 has anything to do with any differences there may be in "long term durability". The 1980 Civic has essentially no connection to the 2010 Civic, just as the 1980 Mazda 323 has essentially no connection to the 2010 Mazda3.
The ~2 mpg difference, based on EPA "combined" would amount to an operating cost difference of about $60 per 10,000 miles, based on ~$3 per gallon. I certainly would not choose one car over another based on a difference, that in my case, would amount to about $4 per month.
#4551 of 4993 Re: Mazda3 or Honda Civic [radioczarina]
Jan 14, 2010 (12:05 pm)
For what it's worth our 2007 Mazda 3 has been bullet proof so far - not one problem and it still looks and drives like new. Have just done all of the recommended maintenance and have not noticed anything that would signify a problem.
At the time we bought it I was also considering the Civic, but after driving both I much preferred the Mazda's handling, plus it just felt more substantial and less like an economy car than the Honda. For us it was a pretty easy decision and based on our experience so far I think it was the right decision.
#4552 of 4993 Re: Mazda3 or Honda Civic [radioczarina]
Jan 14, 2010 (2:11 pm)
I'm a week away from buying a Mazda3 2010 Gunmetal Blue Mica ... will I be happy next week and no buyers remorse?
My suspicion is that you'll be very pleased. Are you planning to buy the sedan or hatchback? The 2.0 litre engine is better on gas than the 2.5 litre engine.
#4553 of 4993 Re: Mazda3 or Honda Civic [aviboy97]
Jan 15, 2010 (1:38 pm)
This is my second Mazda 3s 5 door. The first was a 2005. This one is fully loaded, Mazda allows you to get the goodies in a small car, unlike so many of the others. Bose stereo, push button start, dual zone climate, adaptive HID lighting, leather with 5 range heat, Nav, trip computer, and luxury interior. Hard to find it anywhere for 25K. This car is sometimes known as a smiley face, no wonder it smiles. I have driven a lot of vehicles. In the small car segment there are very few that can keep up with a 3s on a mountain winding road. Gas mileage, I get 32 when cruising on the interstate at controlled 71mph. In city as low as 25, even when I get on it. Yeah I'm a young kid that loves to drive my 6 speed manual; trouble is I'm 60.
#4554 of 4993 mazda 3 2010 terrible mpg - what to do?!
Jan 16, 2010 (8:53 am)
Bought mazda 3 2010 in June'09 from Guiffre Mazda of Brooklyn. It's January'10 now. My meticulous record shows 15 mpg in city and 19 on highway. This is worse than my previous 2000 Protege. Called them - they said "Try Super + fuel injector cleaner". Did twice - no change at all. What to be done?! Is it a lemon?
Val - Brooklyn
#4555 of 4993 Re: mazda 3 2010 terrible mpg - what to do?! [valent39]
Jan 16, 2010 (12:07 pm)
For 4 cyl cars, CR typically get around 15 or 16 mpg in their city test...which must be designed to be a very severe test, simulating NYC or something. So since you indicate you are in Brooklyn, I don't know that your 15 is so surprising.
But 19 hwy??? Is that for cruising on non-congested freeway at reasonable speeds, say, 75 mph or less?
#4556 of 4993 response to Jiffy's answer
Jan 18, 2010 (4:17 pm)
Thanks, Jiffy, for the reassurance. Although the dealer didn't argue that 15 is unusually low.
As far as hwy mpg, I actually haven't done a strictly hwy measurement. 19 mpg it is actually when a half of my 10-gallon fill goes for about 80 miles a round trip by IS-80 via GW bridge and the other half a week or so here in Brooklyn. Will see.
#4557 of 4993 Re: response to Jiffy's answer [valent39]
Jan 18, 2010 (6:15 pm)
If you mean 1/2 your miles are highway when you get 19, then that seems like it could be about right, given the 15 mpg for the other miles. If you get 30 mpg for 1/2 of your miles and 15 for the other half, the combined would be 20 mpg.
Did you get low mpg in whatever you drove before also? If so, that would indicate that the "problem" is lkely the type of driving you do, rather than the car.
#4558 of 4993 Re: response to Jiffy's answer [jeffyscott]
Jan 19, 2010 (1:34 am)
Not to be nit-picking, but if half of the miles driven are at 15mpg and the other half at 30mpg, wouldn't that average out to 22.5mpg overall? To hit an average of 20mpg, with half 15mpg, the other half would be 25mpg....
Anyway, I drove my '06 Mazda3 s (manual) in Atlanta gridlock for the first three years I had it (around 55k miles). During my weekly slog thru traffic, I was lucky to average 20mpg overall! But on highway trips with the cruise set at 75mph (or 80), I had no problem getting 26-27mpg for miles on end....