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2011 Car Comparison: Honda vs Toyota Corolla vs Mazda 3

Updated: Dec 12, 2011

The Competitors

In compact-car comparison we compare the Honda Civic. 2011 Corolla. and 2011 Mazda 3. are popularly priced and fuel-efficient cars, each with its own to basic transportation. This Honda Civic vs. 2011 Corolla vs. 2011 Mazda3 picks a winner based on features, and performance.

On base the 2011 Civic, 2011 and 2011 Mazda are separated by $245. Corolla starts at the Civic at $16,555, and the Mazda3 at These are pleasantly affordable but, depending on the trim and options you choose, the Civic and 3 can nudge $25,000. (Base in this comparison review the manufacturer’s delivery fee; that Toyotas sold in Southeastern and Gulf states are by independent distributors and may carry destination fees).

The 2011 Civic is unchanged as Honda to launch an all-new 2012 This places the 2011 as a lame duck paddling the waters with a design dates to model-year 2006. The Corolla was last redesigned for year 2009 and the 2011 received modest restyling to the and tail along with revisions to the interior. The 2011 loses the “premium” LXE model and the XRS version, the latter taking it Corolla’s most powerful The Mazda 3 was redesigned for the 2010 year and for 2011 electronic control is standard on all models.


The 2011 Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and 2011 3 are front-wheel drive. That the engine and transmission are packaged the wheels that also the car. This configuration to provide better wet- and traction than rear-wheel It also affords more and cargo room by minimizing intrusion into the passenger All similarly priced cars in the class are front-drive based, but for superior traction in snow, is on the 2011 Subaru Impreza.

All three cars in this have four-cylinder engines of 1.8-liters, and each is available a five-speed manual transmission or automatic transmission. Power is similar for base engines but see Differences” section below for engine offerings. Civic’s four cylinder produces 140 and 128 pound-feet of torque, Corolla’s has 130 horsepower and 128 pound-feet, and the Mazda 3’s larger 2.0-liter generates 148 and 135 pound-feet. (Think of torque as the ingredient in acceleration and horsepower as the that sustains momentum.) the horsepower and torque figures are these are lightweight cars – the tips the scales at around pounds, the Corolla at 2,767, and the at just 2,630 – so none glaringly slow. Each 0-60 mph in around 9 seconds, short of the time at which a car taxed when merging a freeway or passing a slower

Fuel economy is a major selling point and these are rated in the mid-20-mpg range in driving and the mid-30s on the highway. For gas the 2011 Corolla tops the and Mazda 3. Its EPA ratings are 27/38 mpg with the manual transmission and with automatic. The 2011 comes in second in this rating 26/34 with transmission and 25/36 with The 2011 Mazda 3 rates mpg with manual transmission, with automatic.

In size and the Civic, Corolla and Mazda 3 are the same. All have seatbelts for passengers, but that doesn’t five “adult” passengers. more appropriately accommodates grownups, though the long-of-leg be most comfortable in Civic’s seat and least comfortable in the All three have folding seatbacks to increase the trunk space. Corolla leads trio with 12.3 feet of trunk space. The follows with 12 cubic and the Mazda 3 has the least with cubic feet. However, the 3 is the only car in this trio to a four-door hatchback body Its cargo capacity behind the seat is 17.8 cubic and that expands to 94.1 feet with the rear folded.

The 2011 Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and 2011 may be small in size but they the full roster of active and safety features. Active equipment — that helps prevent crashes includes four-wheel antilock technology to improve control in stops, Antiskid electronic control that activates brakes and modulates engine to combat impending sideways and rollovers are standard on all Corolla and 3 models, but standard only on the expensive Civic models – the EX, Si, and Brakes on the Mazda 3 are discs and rear, the Civic has rear brakes in lower trim and the Corolla equips all trims rear drum brakes. safety features – those help protect occupants in an – include dual front torso-protecting driver- and front-passenger airbags, and head-protecting curtain airbags for all outboard seating Each car offers LATCH anchors for the outboard rear-seat Booster seats fit well on the of each car, but fitting facing infant and child in the Civic requires moving the seat forward, reducing for the front seat passenger. seats in the Corolla and Mazda 3 do not moving for rear-facing seats.

The and the Mazda 3 have a slight in warranty coverage. Like all new sold in America, Civic, and Mazda 3 come with warranties, which defray the of maintenance and repair during the ownership period. Basic and warranties are identical at 3 years/36,000 The basic warranties cover except items subject to such as wiper blades and oil Powertrain warranties also are at 6 years/60,000 miles. This most of what makes the car engine and most of its internal transmission, drive axles or In addition, each car comes a corrosion warranty that sheetmetal rust-through problems for 5 miles. Unlike the Civic, the and Mazda 3 warranties also peace-of-mind Roadside Assistance, covers certain costs with towing and repairs if you a breakdown. The Mazda’s Roadside coverage is 3 years/36,000 miles, the is 2/25,000.

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The Differences

The 2011 Honda and 2011 Mazda 3 offer two styles, the 2011 Toyota offers only one. is available as a four-door sedan and coupe. The Mazda 3 comes as a or a sportier four-door hatchback. The Toyota Corolla is a sedan though a wagon version is as the Toyota Matrix. The 2011 3’s styling is the most brazen — and — of the three. Its body is licked by creases, and waves and depending on interpretation, its front end is an aggressive look or a large toothless The 2011 Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic outsell the 3. Corolla’s look is the most here: far from stirring and conventional. The 2011 Honda still looks contemporary its six-year-old basic design. Its sweeps up from the hood a radical rake, a bold that is accompanied by abbreviated and rear overhangs.

The Honda is the only member of this to offer a gasoline-electric hybrid The 2011 Honda Civic comes only as a sedan and a 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline with an electric motor/generator and battery pack to produce a 110 horsepower. The Civic Hybrid has an EPA of 40/43 mpg city/highway. Civic offers the GX model, a natural-gas-powered that produces near-zero However, the GX is available only via dealers in California, Utah, and New York. The GX has an estimated 24/36 mpg – but of requires access to a natural-gas station.

All three cars come with a five-speed manual (six-speed on some models) but optional automatic transmissions are With transmissions, more ratios are almost always allowing more efficient of engine power and better economy. The 2011 Corolla’s is the least advanced here, just four speeds. The Civic continues with a automatic as does the Mazda3. The and Mazda3 automatics allow the to mimic manual-gear control. The edition Civic Si and Mazdaspeed3 are exclusively with six-speed transmission.

The Civic and the Mazda 3 higher-performance alternatives to their models; Corolla does The 2011 Civic Si, available in and sedan body styles, a 2.0-liter four cylinder produces 197 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of The sole transmission is a six-speed enabling a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 The Mazda 3 s models, available in or hatchback, step up the base performance with a 2.5-liter that puts out 167 horsepower and 168 feet. Connected to a standard manual transmission or optional automatic, 0-60 is in the 8-second The 2011 Mazdaspeed 3 is the hot rod of this Available only as a hatchback, it has a 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 263 and 260 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed is the only transmission and the combination is for 0-60 in under 6 seconds.

of these automakers takes a approach to the comfort and convenience it offers and how it makes them All three cars compared have a standard tilt/telescope wheel, a height-adjustable driver’s and a folding rear seat. But equipment varies on their expensive base models. For the entry-level Corolla includes air the comparable Civic and Mazda 3 do The lowest priced Civic and 3 have power windows the Corolla doesn’t. An AM/FM/CD system comes with the Mazda 3 and Corolla but not the base And the base Mazda 3 includes door locks that are not on the price-leader Corolla or Civic. As all Hondas, the 2011 Civic offer stand-alone options, grouping features to create trim levels. For example, to get core items such as air and a stereo, Civic buyers had to ascend from the base DX to the costlier DX-VP model. Corolla buyers who want such as power windows and lock, remote keyless and cruise control will to step up to the Corolla LE. The Mazda 3 follows Corolla’s approach, but if you features like keyless or cruise control it requires the second trim level to the iTouring. If a navigation system, upholstery, or heated seats are on want list, they are not on the Corolla.

The 2011 Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and 2011 3 are engineered to deliver a smooth that appeals more to than enthusiasts. The 2011 suspension settings provide the ride in the compact class it a dependable sidekick for daily The downside is lazy steering queasy bobbing over and tire-howling drift in speedy All 2011 Civics have a that balances ride and at a level difficult to beat in price range, though the DX with their modestly 15-inch tires and the Hybrid, its special low-rolling resistance are prone to some noseplow in turns. The brilliantly tuned Si and steering provide road that can reward the most drivers. The Mazda “Zoom DNA is present in the Mazda 3 regardless of engine or transmission choice. It is a commuter that delivers a ride with a measure of thrown in. Overall driving are class leading and the 3’s refined accompanied by a sophisticated suspension a near sports car driving The Mazdaspeed3 with its turborcharged is the classic “pocket rocket.”

The 2011 Mazda 3: Every of the Mazda 3 has a sporty driving built in, while models the 2.5-liter add stirring performance and the is nothing short of rowdy. All are priced and the hatchback body offers versatility the competitors match. The 2011 Honda takes second place in comparison offering a quiet along with ride and that’s still at the top of the class. The could have a price with ripening discounts as clear inventories before the 2012 Civic drops. The Toyota Corolla is a competent and small car that looks and dated, with an out-of-fashion automatic and an interior design needs updating.

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