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Mazda3 5-Door Hatch vs. Honda Civic Si

Now, this being a Mazda3 forum, I would expect the responses to be somewhat biased. :D BUT... I got in this discussion with my friend online at work one day and I've decided to see what everyone else thinks.

Let's look at just base numbers: (M=mazda, H=honda)
Base Price MSRP $19,320(H) $16,895(M)
Total Equipped Price $19,810(H) $19,105 (M)
Warranty
Basic Time (Months) 36(H) 48(M)
Basic Time (Miles) 36000(H) 50000 (M)
Powertrain Time (Months) 36(H) 48(M)
Powertrain Time (Miles) 36000(H) 50000(M)
Engine: Mazda Bigger... :D

And the most crucial part...
Cup Holders: 4 (H) 6(M)

This past weekend I took it to the test, I went and test drove both cars. And I will say that hands down the Mazda is just a nicer car.

The exterior of the 3 just looks much sharper and though both come "pre-riced" the 3 does it in a much more tasteful way. The 3 had much more solid feel on the road and seemed to corner easier. The futuristic "cock pit" really makes you feel like you have entered the 21st Century and everything is very easy to find and use. The 3 just kills the competition with design. Pre-Meshy-Meshed front grill, sleek body style, elegant and futuristic gauges/dash, etc, etc, etc. You would be hard pressed to find a better looking interior for the cost.

The Civic Si, I will have to admit, was awful fun to drive (maybe because the salesman let me take it out by myself :twisted:) But the shifter being the dash and no arm rest to put your elbow made me (us) think that after a couple hours of driving the Si would fatigue your arm quickly. Also, rearview visibilty was extremely crippled by poor design in the Si, it's like you are looking through a portal. The only perks I could see on the car were: 1) it was peppy, 2) it was made by Honda, 3) it's the car that defined rice (I'm not sure that is a perk)

I would have to say Mazda out does Honda 2:1 on this car. And the only reason Honda is selling the Si is because it put the Emblem on it. Tell me what you think.
 

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Re: Comparo: Mazda3 5 HB-vs-Civic Si

The only thing I want to say about your comparison involves the following:

WiseYoda said:
And the most crucial part...
Cup Holders: 4 (H) 6(M)
Basically, I demand to know where your tongue was relative to your cheek when you said that. :D

On a more serious note, I think the Civic Si is a fine car. Very ugly though, IMO. :shock: It's been a while since I've driven one, but I don't remember being as impressed with the ride quality and handling as I was with the 3.
 

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my friends jetta has no cupholders in the back....pisses me off :D ... my friend was acctually trying to convince me to look into gettin an SI but i think they look too overdone in a way.
 

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My brother's Si is pretty zippy. Sounds pretty good with his intake and exhaust. In the twisties, I slowly ditch him. Its a fun car to drive. I find the shifter is very smooth, but the placement does kick you in the ass after a drive from OC.
 

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The first time I saw the Hatch Civic Si, it screamed "mini-minivan" to me. It just looks like that.

The other thing that got to me was the rather phallic "rally-styled" shifter in the dash. It maybe great for insatiable girls, but for a normal guy, uh...no...
 

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Civic Si is ugly hands down, Mazda3 is almost as gorgeous as the RX-8 and MZ6. As for cupholders, my Isuzu Rodeo has NONE!!!! Imagine that, me driving along holding a drink, shifting and talking on the cell :p
 

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"Imagine that, me driving along holding a drink, shifting and talking on the cell."

Sounds like me driving my 80's Mustangs. ;) Not a damn cupholder in those either. Imagine my delight when my last 3 cars have had cup holders. :D
 

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Just got my Mazda3... Mmmmmmmmm 6 cup holders... 6 beers in holders all at one time. And a six pack in the glove box! Sweet!!
 

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Sounds like me driving my 80's Mustangs. Not a damn cupholder in those either
My '87 Camaro didn't have cup holders either! Ended up buying those silly window hanging ones. Soooo happy in my 3.
 

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What's with all the cupholders in the Mazda3? Not like it's a minivan. hehe...

My Tribute has 4 cupholders. The person in the middle seat better have a good tolerance for cold things between his/her legs.
 

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Kazbaeden said:
Better make it a girl who sits there then...
do girls have refrigeration units between their legs? because if they do... I haven't found it yet!
 

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"My '87 Camaro didn't have cup holders either! Ended up buying those silly window hanging ones. Soooo happy in my 3."

LOL, I never went that far, I just ended up driving (and racing) with a big ass slurpee between my legs, brrrr! :D
 

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I remember my 91 Protege had some really useless cupholders, and I am so glad to see 6 good cupholders in the 3. Oh yeah, I did buy some of those window mounted ugly as hell cheapie cupholders for it.
 

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anyone else consider loading up the glove box with cooler packs and loading in a bunch of bevvies in there for the road..hahaha
 

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Whoa... brought this thread back from the dead! While it's here... I agree that the Si is ugly. Regardless of how well it peforms, I could never buy one. It's just too weird lookin'.
 
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