Last week, the opportunity presented itself to compare two cars which vie for the dollars of hatchback shoppers: the Mazda 3 Sport and the Honda Civic Hatch. The house that Soichiro built recently re-entered the hatchback game with its 2017 Civic, while Mazda has been hawking a five-door 3 since its introduction a dozen years ago.
Which one lights the fire in the heart of your humble author? Buckle up, we’re about to find out.
Not that long ago, compact hatchbacks were often base model penalty box affairs, equipped the levels of luxury generally found in Siberian prisons. Now, however, manufacturers from both sides of the pond hawk five-door vehicles which offer a good dose of practicality without forcing drivers to endure the misery and indignity of low-buck motoring.
Click over to The Truth About Cars for the full story. The long and the short of it though? The Honda Civic Hatch is the one to get if you value practicality. The Mazda 3 Sport is the one to get if you prioritize sportiness. No need to tell you which side of the equation Matthew the Car Guy is on….