Compare Mazda 3 and Honda City TOP: Not easy to choose

Compare Mazda 3 and Honda City TOP: Not easy to choose


Despite being in the “above” segment, Mazda 3 makes “fans” of Honda City TOP “headache” when the price difference between the two models is not too large.

Introduction of Mazda 3 and Honda City TOP

Standard versions of current C-class sedans tend to compete quite hard with high-end versions of B-class cars because prices are nearly asymptotic. Typically the case of Mazda 3 1.5 Luxury and Honda City TOP. Many people planning to buy a car of 600 million are quite confused when they do not know whether to buy Honda City TOP or Mazda 3 1.5?

Mazda 3 1.5 and Honda City TOPMazda 3 1.5 Luxury and Honda City TOP

Compare Mazda 3 and Honda City TOP in exterior

We take a look at exterior equipment details between the two models.

Specs – equipped Mazda 3 1.5 Luxury Honda City 1.5CVT TOP
Length x width x height (mm) 4,580 x 1,795 x 1,450 4,440 x 1,694 x 1,477
Wheelbase (mm) 2,700 2,600
Ground clearance height (mm) 155 135
Turning radius (m) 5.3 5,61
Weight / kg) 1,300 / 1,750 1,124 / 1,530
Headlight Halogen, Projector LED
Taillights Halogen Halogen
Fog lights LED LED
Wheels, tires 205 / 60R16 185 / 55R16
Rearview mirror Electric folding / adjusting, integrated turn indicator light Electric folding / adjusting, integrated turn indicator light

In terms of size, belonging to the C-segment segment, Mazda 3 version 1.5 Luxury is more natural than Honda City TOP in almost parameters. The Mazda 3 1.5 has a smaller size. A large ground clearance and a small turning radius will help Mazda 3 1.5 score for flexibility in tight traffic conditions.

The visual design of the 2018 Mazda 3 is more about the block array for a solid feelThe exterior design of Mazda 3 is in favor of the block for sporty and fashionable feeling

The advantage that Honda City TOP easily surpasses the Mazda 3 1.5L is the integrated lighting technology. Although the price of Honda City is lower than Mazda 3, but because it is a high-class B-class sedan, Honda City TOP uses Full LED technology for both headlights and front fog lamps. Because it is the standard version, the lights on the Mazda 3 1.5 are just old Halogen Projector. Particularly for the taillights, both are Halogen.

Sporty look with young people of Honda City TOPHonda City TOP has a mature appearance

Some exterior details on the two models are quite similar in function such as the rearview mirror, wheels size, but the Mazda 3 1.5 tires are bigger than Honda City TOP. Mazda 3 with a lot of design in modern, youthful and fashionable design. While Honda City TOP is more about sustainability, certainty, masculinity and a bit more mature when compared to Mazda 3.

Compare Mazda 3 and Honda City TOP on the interior

The Mazda 3 1.5 Luxury has a more modern interior space. Design is inherently superior to Mazda cars. This is also one of the factors that make many people choose the Mazda 3 despite the higher price of the Mazda 3 1.5 Luxury.

Honda City TOP has a simpler interior space. Tableau table and central screen seamless, not to protrude the design as on Mazda 3. In terms of detailed design with buttons, gear, steering wheel, Honda City TOP is not equal to Mazda 3 1.5. Mazda 3 seats are covered in black leather with a sporty design.

Luxury looks in the cabin of Mazda 3 2018Luxury looks in the cabin of Mazda 3 2018

One advantage Honda City TOP in competition is more spacious space. Although City is a B-car and Mazda 3 is a C-car, many people rate Honda City higher because of the spacious space. City rear seats own wide leg room, open car ceiling. Another advantage that Honda City TOP has been noted for its ability to store luggage. The luggage compartment of the Mazda 3 1.5 is quite modest, only at 414L compared to 536L of Honda City TOP.

In terms of equipment, both have equivalent equipment such as leather seats, leather steering wheel, automatic air conditioning … The entertainment system both City and Mazda 3 have central touch screen, AM / FM connections. , USB, AUX … A special feature, Honda City is equipped with touch screen 8 speakers while Mazda 3 1.5 has only 6 speakers.

Many people rate the Mazda 3 higher with an additional sunroof, an almost “default” addition to the C-segment. In addition, the electronic handbrake and rear glass in the car have anti-glare function.

Close-up of City TOP 2018 interior compartmentClose-up of Honda City TOP interior compartment

Compare Mazda 3 and Honda City TOP in terms of engine / performance

The common point about the engine between the two models Mazda 3 and Honda City TOP is the same capacity of 1.5L.

Specifications of Mazda 3 version 1.5 Luxury: Sky Active, I4, 16 valve, 1.5L petrol engine for a maximum capacity of 110 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, with 144 Nm of torque at 4,000 VND / minute. Comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Specifications Honda City TOP: i-VTEC gasoline engine, I4, 16 valves, 1.5L, for a maximum capacity of 118 horsepower at 6,600 rpm, and torque of 145 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Comes with CVT automatic transmission.

Thus, by comparison, we see the strength of Honda City TOP is better than Mazda 3 1.5. This is not too strange because Honda car engines often achieve the highest performance compared to engines of the same car manufacturer.

Honda City TOP 2018 for engine power is slightly better than Mazda 3 2018Honda City TOP has a slightly higher engine capacity than the Mazda 3 1.5

In terms of performance, Honda City TOP will be better when the capacity is marginally better with lighter weight so it is clear that the car will be more flexible and save more fuel when traveling. With Mazda 3 version 1.5, due to the integrated i-STOP system is quite smart, the ability to save fuel is also improved quite well. The 6-speed automatic transmission plus the front-wheel drive system and electric driving help make the Mazda 3 1.5 quite stable and light when operating, although the engine capacity is not high. With Sport mode preset, Mazda 3 also “loading” no less Honda City TOP.

Compare Mazda 3 and Honda City TOP in terms of safety equipment

Details of safety equipment on the two models are as follows:

Safety equipment Mazda 3 1.5 AT Honda City 1.5 TOP
Anti-lock brakes Have Have
Electronic brake force distribution Have Have
Emergency brake Have Have
Electronic balance Have Have
Assist to begin across hill Have Have
Cruise Control Have Have
Acceleration control system Have Is not
Engine Start / Stop System Have Is not
Front / rear brakes Disk / Disc Disk / Drum
Reverse camera Have Have
Sensor back Is not Have
Anti-theft Have Have
Number of airbags 4 6

Basic active safety equipment is available on both models and is quite adequate, such as the ABS / EBD / BA brake assist system, VSA electronic balance function, HSA horizontal departure assist, and Cruise Control, reversing camera, anti-theft function …

As a more luxurious, C-segment, Mazda 3 1.5 Luxury must “eat” in other additional equipment such as acceleration control function, Start / Stop engine, equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes. In terms of passive safety equipment, Honda City TOP scores more on its 4-eye reversing sensor and more airbags with 6 airbags compared to only 4 airbags on Mazda 3. In general, safety equipment , depending on the active or passive view, buyers will consider when the two models have certain advantages and disadvantages.

Should I buy a Honda City TOP or a Mazda 3 1.5?

The price difference between these C and B models of Mazda and Honda is just over 60 million. Both models are locally assembled. Distribution policy and sales of two models through Thaco and Honda Vietnam are the same.


The price of Honda City TOP is 599 million VND, the price of Mazda 3 is 667 million VND.


The investment for which car model will be difficult to consider because the level of 60 million is not much. From a total perspective, the advantages of Mazda 3 1.5AT come from design and equipment. And Honda City TOP is strong in operation, ability to keep prices, spacious space …

If you love fashion, modern and different, the Mazda 3 will be the right choice. If you want a comfortable car with spacious space, firm operation, safety and good price, Honda City will be worth considering. Anyway, in the same price range, along with rivals such as Kia Cerato, Hyundai Elantra … then Mazda 3 and Honda City are Japanese models worth the money.

Hoai An

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