Ratings Comparison: 2020 Honda Civic vs 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs 2019 Mazda 3 Sedan

Shaun · Oct 18, 2020 11:29 AM

We’ve put the 2020 Honda Civic, 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis, as well as the 2019 Mazda 3 Sedan through the WapCar Ratings test. And now let’s take a side-by-side look at each cars and walk through all the aspects.

Driving Performance - Mazda 3 is the most engaging to drive

Facts and Figures
  2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G 2019 Mazda 3 2.0L Sedan
Engine 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo 1.8L 4-cylinder NA 2.0L 4-cylinder NA
Transmission CVT auto CVT auto 6-speed auto
Power 173 PS @ 5,500 rpm 139 PS @ 6,400 rpm 162 PS @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 220 Nm @ 1,700 - 5,500 rpm 172 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 213 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Weight 1,327 kg 1,365 kg 1,402 kg
0-100 km/h 8.2 seconds 11.4 seconds 9.9 seconds
100-0 km/h 35.1 metres 37.6 metres 38.3 metres

Power from the 2.0L NA engine isn’t as strong as in the turbocharged Honda Civic, which is why the Mazda 3 didn't get an excellent score in driving performance. But it’s punchy enough at lower revs and will happily climb up to the redline, with a smooth and linear power delivery.

Mazda 3 Sedan

The 6-speed automatic transmission feels more direct than any of its CVT rivals and shifts are crisp. Steering feels natural and the chassis reacts predictably according to driver inputs. The GVC+ works its magic in the background through the corners, ensuring a smooth affair.

Driving Performances Breakdown
    2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G 2019 Mazda 3 2.0L Sedan
Engine Acceleration 4 / 5 2.5 / 5 3.5 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 3.5 / 5 2.5 / 5 3.5 / 5
Throttle Response 3 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3 2 / 3 2.5 / 3
             Smoothness 3.5 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
      Sport/Manual Mode 3 / 3 3 / 3 3 / 3
Steering   Accuracy 2 / 3 1.5 / 3 2 / 3
Response 2.5 / 3 1 / 3 2 / 3
 Weight & Feel 1.5 / 3 1.5 / 3 2.5 / 3
Braking Distance 3 / 3 2.5 / 3 2 / 3
 Feel 2.5 / 3 2 / 3 2 / 3
Handling  Chassis Balance 2 / 3 2.5 / 3 2 / 3
 Grip 2.5 / 3 2.5 / 3 2 / 3
 Load Reaction 1.5 / 3 2 / 3 2.5 / 3
Total   36.5 / 50 pts 33 / 50 pts 37.5 / 50 pts

Ride Comfort - Toyota Corolla is the most comfortable

Noise Level
Travelling speed 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G 2019 Mazda 3 2.0L Sedan
60 km/h 61 dB 60 dB 61 dB
90 km/h 66 dB 65 dB 64 dB
110 km/h 69 dB 69 dB 67 dB

The Toyota Corolla's suspension is the supplest in its class. Lumps and bumps are soaked up with minimal disruptions in the cabin. Only the sharpest of edges and largest of potholes can send a jolt, otherwise it’s a gentle nudge.

Toyota Corolla Altis

Seats are nicely sculptured and supportive. There’s plenty of adjustments including lumbar to get comfortable. It isn't the quietest in class however, that would be the Mazda 3.

Ride Comfort Breakdown
  2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G 2019 Mazda 3 2.0LSedan
Soundproofing 6 / 10 6 / 10 8 / 10
Suspension 7 / 10 9 / 10 6 / 10
Passenger Comfort 7 / 10 9 / 10 7 / 10
Seat Support 3 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Ergonomics 4 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Engine Refinement 8 / 10 8 / 10 7 / 10
Total points 35 / 50 pts 40 / 50 pts 36 / 50 pts

Quality and Features - Winner goes to Mazda 3 again

Honda Civic
2020 Honda Civic  1.5 TC-P - Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 119
Front Fender 103 100
Front Door 115 114
Rear Door 105 107
C-Pillar 115 120
Tailgate 109
Roof 115
Average paint thickness: 110 µm
2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P - Panel Gaps
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 3.0 3.0 0.0
Front Fender 3.5 4.0 0.5
Front to Rear Door 4.0 5.0 1.0
Rear Door to C-Pillar 3.5 4.5 1.0
Tailgate 4.5 5.0 0.5

2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 102
Front Fender 98 100
Front Door 97 97
Rear Door 97 97
C-Pillar 95 99
Tailgate 102
Roof 88
Average paint thickness: 95 µm
2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G - Panel Gaps
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 3.5 3.5 0.0
Front Fender 4.0 4.5 0.5
Front to Rear Door 3.5 4.0 0.5
Rear Door to C-Pillar 4.0 4.0 0.0
Tailgate 4.0 3.0 1.0

2019 Mazda 3 2.0L Sedan High Plus - Paint thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 84
Front Fender 78 72
Front Door 94 85
Rear Door 85 85
C-Pillar 92 91
Tailgate 94
Roof 69
Average paint thickness: 85 µm
2019 Mazda 3 2.0L Sedan High Plus - Panel Gaps (mm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 2.5 3.0 0.5
Front Fender 2.5 3.0 0.5
Front to Rear Door 3.0 2.5 0.5
Rear Door to C-Pillar 3.0 2.5 0.5
Tailgate 3.0 2.5 0.5

The Toyota Corolla Altis showed the lowest standard deviation in both paint thickness and panel gap consistency, which suggest remarkable build quality.

Exterior Material Use
    2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G 2019 Mazda 3 2.0L Sedan
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thin Thick Thin
Struts Manual Manual Manual
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes Yes Yes
Doors Front Windows Single-glazed Single-glazed Single-glazed
Rear Windows Single-glazed Single-glazed Single-glazed
Construction Multiple-piece Multiple-piece One-piece
Tailgate/Boot Opening Manual Manual Manual

In terms of cabin material and build quality however, the Mazda 3 is noticeably more upmarket, class-leading in fact. There’s soft leather across the middle of the dashboard and door panels as well as parts of the centre console.

Cabin Material Use
    2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 G 2019 Mazda 3 2.0L sedan
Seat Seat Cover Leather Leather Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover Leather Leather Leather
Dashboard Upper Section Soft Plastic Soft Plastic Soft Plastic
  Lower Section Hard Plastic Hard Plastic Hard Plastuic
Front Doors Upper Section Soft Plastic Soft Plastic Soft Plastic
  Middle Section Leather Leather Leather
  Lower Section Hard Plastic Hard Plastic Hard Plastic

While the Mazda 3 has the Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), it doesn’t feature low speed follow, which rivals like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Altis have. So, it gets 1 point knocked off in the ADAS section. But overall, the Mazda 3 still pulls ahead in this aspect.

Quality & Features Breakdown
    2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G 2019 Mazda 3 sedan
Exterior Paint Finish 4 / 5 5 / 5 4 / 5
Panel Gaps 3 / 5 3 / 5 2 / 5
Interior Build Quality 3 / 5 4 / 5 4.5 / 5
Materials Used 3 / 5 3 / 5 4.5 / 5
Features Safety 9 / 10 8 / 10 10 / 10
ADAS 5 / 5 5 / 5 4 / 5
Luxury 2 / 5 2 / 5 3 / 5
Convenience 3 / 5 2 / 5 3 / 5
Infotainment 3 / 5 4 / 5 5 / 5
Total   35 / 50 pts 36 / 50 pts 40 / 50 pts

Space and Practicality - None can rival the Honda Civic

From left to right: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3

Despite a fastback profile, the Civic manages to provide more headroom than the Corolla Altis, just about matching the Mazda 3 Sedan.

But kneeroom is vastly superior to both cars. While the numbers appear similar, do note that the Civic's seat bench is longer than the other two, which affects the measurements.

Interior Space Breakdown
  2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G 2019 Mazda 3 2.0L sedan
Front Row 8 / 10 7 / 10 6 / 10
Middle/Back Row 7 / 10 6 / 10 7 / 10
Third Row 0 / 5 0 / 5 0 / 5
Boot Space 4 / 5 3 / 5 2 / 5
Practicality 4 / 5 2.5 / 5 3 / 5
Storage Space 4 / 5 2 / 5 4 / 5
Visibility 3.5 / 5 4 / 5 3.5 / 5
Storage Flexibility 4 / 5 2 / 5 4 / 5
Total 34.5 / 50 pts 26.5 / 50 pts 27.5 / 50 pts

Fuel Consumption - Mazda 3 is the most efficient

Fuel consumption test
  2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G 2019 Mazda 3 2.0L sedan
Distance travelled 100 km 100 km 100.2 km 
Amount refuelled 7.9 litres 7.7 litres 7.59 litres
Calculated figure 7.9-litre/100 km 7.7-litre/100 km 7.6-litre/100 km

The Mazda 3 Sedan returned the lowest fuel consumption figure, making it the most fuel-efficient C-segment sedan we've tested so far.

However, it does not have any Eco Mode/Assist, which penalised its overall score and the overall winner is the Corolla Altis.

Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
  2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G 2019 Mazda 3 2.0L Sedan
Fuel Consumption 10 / 15 11 / 15 12 / 15
Eco Mode 2 / 2 2 / 2 0 / 2
Indicator Accuracy 1.5 / 3 2 / 3 1.5 / 3
Total points 13.5 / 20 pts 15 / 20 pts 13.5 / 20 pts

Purchase and Cost - Honda Civic is the best value for money

From left to right: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3

Being a CKD model, the Honda Civic is more attractively priced than both the Altis and the Mazda 3. The Civic also comes with a 5 year and unlimited mileage (within 5 years) warranty which is a plus point in our books. 

In terms of maintenance cost, the Civic can't top the Mazda 3's 5-year free maintenance or its fuel efficiency however.

Purchase & Cost Breakdown
    2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G 2019 Mazda 3 2.0L sedan
Purchase Car Price 13 / 15 11 / 15 6 / 15
Warranty 4 / 5 4 / 5 3 / 5
Cost Maintenance 4 / 5 3 / 5 5 / 5
Fuel Cost 3 / 5 3.5 / 5 4 / 5
Total   24 / 30 pts 20 / 30 pts 18 / 30 pts

Conclusion

In a nutshell, the Honda Civic is has the most powerful engine, the most spacious and practical interior. The Mazda 3 Sedan is the most engaging to drive and has the best overall quality and features. The Toyota Corolla Altis is the most comfortable car and still manages to handle well.

Overall, the Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P leads the segment with its superior interior packaging and value proposition.

Ratings - Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P

Ratings - Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G

Ratings - Mazda 3 2.0L Sedan

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