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1997. - 2001. Production 2001. - 2003.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4460 mm
Length 4365 mm
1695 mm
Width 1705 mm
1390 mm
Height 1410 mm
380 liters
Boot (min) 416 liters
380 liters
Boot (max) 416 liters
45 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Honda
1.4 D14A8
Mazda
1.3 B3E 2
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1396 cc
Displacement 1324 cc
90 hp
Power 75 hp
120 Nm
Torque 110 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
965 kg
Vehicle weight 1050 kg
11.0 s
Acc. 0-100 15.3 s
182 km/h
Top speed 162 km/h
8.9 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.5 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.2 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.4 l/100km
177 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
990 kg
Vehicle weight kg
13.7 s
Acc. 0-100 s
172 km/h
Top speed km/h
10.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
6.1 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
7.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
198 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1200 EUR
Price from 1650 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the small family car segment and utilize the same 4-door sedan body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Honda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 90hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 75hp engine designed by Mazda.

Safety

The fact that the Honda got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, isn't really an advantage, taken the poor 3-star rating it received. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, 323 offers a marginal difference of 9% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Honda does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Honda with an average rating of 4.7, and models under the Mazda badge with 4.6 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Civic 37% above average, and 323 9% below the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as Civic rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 4.3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 182 kilometers per hour, 20km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (39 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Honda appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Civic offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Honda outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Honda. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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