Mazda3 vs Honda FIT

Mazda3

Compact cars are great for quick handling and sporty drives around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle. With more room than meets the eye and an agile performance, they’re a convenient and fun option for any kind of commuter.

So, which one offers the driving experience that you’re looking for? Faulkner Mazda put together this Mazda3 vs. Honda Fit comparison to help you see which one is right for you.

Mazda3 vs Honda Fit Performance

When you’re behind the wheel of the Mazda3, you’re in for an exciting drive. This stylish compact gives you two sporty engines to choose Mazda3from. The first is a SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that gets 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque.

For added power, you could choose a larger SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that drives like a roadster and gets up to 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.

The standard transmission for both engines is a SKYACTIV®-MT 6-speed manual, however there is also an available SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic with manual shift and Sport Mode. This second option let’s you manually shift gears without needing a clutch.

The Honda Fit doesn’t provide you with as much power. Its only engine is a 1.5L 4-cylinder that tops out at 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque.

Mazda3 vs Honda Fit Passenger Space

The Mazda3 is the larger of the two cars and gives you a more spacious interior. It has a wider frame, which allows all five people more space to stretch out.

Up front there’s 55.5 inches of front hip room and 57.2 inches of front shoulder room. In the backseat there’s room for three people and 53.5 inches of rear hip room and 54.4 inches of rear shoulder room.

The Honda Fit is smaller and forces everyone to have a together squeeze inside. There’s 51.5 inches of front hip room and 54.8 inches of front shoulder room. The rear seats are even more cramped with only 45.1 inches of hip room and 52.6 inches of rear shoulder room.

Mazda3 vs Honda Fit Safety

Inside the Mazda3, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re protected by multiple driver assistance features and a strong, solid design.

By using technology, this fun driving compact provides you with all around awareness to help prevent an accident before it occurs. Some of this technology includes:

  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control

On top of these helpful features, the technology built in can also stop your car. With the Smart Brake Support and Smart City Brake Support, it can detect incoming object at both low and high speeds, then engage the brakes if a collision is imminent.

It can even help you light the way with the Adaptative Front-Lighting System pivoting your headlights 15 degrees to help you see around curves when you’re turning.

If a collision does occur, you’ll be protected by the SKYACTIV®-Body made of high-tensile steel. Together, the strong autobody and driver assistance features contributed to the Mazda3 being named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).  Read our review of the Mazda3 to learn more.

The Honda Fit has some driver assistance features, but not as many. It also didn’t earn the same recognition from IIHS.

Mazda3 vs Honda Fit: Find your Next Car

Visit Faulkner Mazda to take a seat inside a vehicle that features an exciting driving experience in a comfortable and safe compact car. It’s both fun to drive and will protect you during all your trips around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle. Contact us to learn more about this Mazda3 vs. Honda Fit comparison.