Mazda3, Honda Civic or VW Jetta? How They Compare

Honda, Volkswagen and Mazda are three well-known car manufacturers that all produce very different products.

Today, we will be taking a look at their flagship vehicles the Honda Civic, the Volkswagen Jetta and the Mazda3.

While these three flagship cars are sedans, they offer very different features both in terms of equipment options and comfort. Let’s compare these three sedans to help you make an informed decision about your next car purchase.


All three of these vehicles come with engines that are perfect for individuals driving in the city, suburbs and on short trips on the highway. Not only does the Mazda3 come with a 2.5L engine (while the competition comes with a 2L or lower), it also comes with a 186 Horsepower engine and four-wheel drive.

The extra power under the hood and the four-wheel drive makes the Mazda3 perfect for the four-season weather we get in Canada, especially here in Ottawa.


Let’s be honest, these three vehicles are not SUVs or vans. But that doesn’t mean sedans can’t be roomy!

With the Mazda3, you’re certainly getting the most room out of these three vehicles. Although a shorter and heavier vehicle than the Jetta and Civic, the Mazda3 offers 30 mm more legroom in the front than the Jetta and 9 mm more room than the Civic, making it a perfect fit for our taller drivers. The rear passengers of the Mazda3 can enjoy an additional 49 mm of hip room when compared to the Honda Civic.


At the end of the day, it all comes down to the big question: How safe do I feel driving this car, and how safe is my high-value cargo in the back seat? And the answer? You really can’t make a wrong choice with any of these cars. Each manufacturer is an award winning manufacturer for safety and features industry-standard airbags, ABS, Break Assist, Pedestrian Detection and Traction Control Systems.

When you get a Mazda3, you get Driver Attention Alert (DAA) which is a system that will alert the driver if the onboard sensors detect the driver is drowsy or inattentive. The Mazda3 also comes with Mazda Connected Services and a 2-year free trial period. Mazda Connected Services makes your remote starter, vehicle finder, roadside assistance and so much more accessible on your smartphone.

Find Your 2023 Mazda3 at Kanata Mazda

At Kanata Mazda, you can find brand-new Mazda’s as well quality pre-owned vehicles. With the help of our team of Mazda experts, we are confident that we can find a vehicle that best fits your needs and lifestyle.

Conveniently located at the Palladium Autopark next to the Canadian Tire Centre, Our Dealer of Distinction Dealership offers a collection of new and used Mazda’s (including the 2023 Mazda 3). Stop by for a test drive and see how much your trade-in could be worth!