2016 Mazda3 5-door vs. The 2017 Honda Fit


2016 Mazda3 5-door

2016 Mazda3 5-door

2017 Honda Fit

2017 Honda Fit

The fight for the fiercest compact hatchback is on, and the 2016 Mazda3 5-door has already captured the hearts and parking spots of drivers from Glastonbury to South Windsor, as well as those in Vernon and East Hartford. At Mazda of Manchester, the Mazda3 5-door is one of the most popular options for the driver on the go, offering sleek Mazda styling, the latest in technology features, and a versatile hatchback design.

We know area drivers have a few different compact hatchback cars available to them, so we thought you should see how the Mazda3 stacks up to a top competitor like the 2017 Honda Fit.


Whether you long for a swift, attractive hatchback that leaves its competitors in the dust or simply need a dependable commuter car, the performance specs of your next compact vehicle undoubtedly matter. While the Honda may be peppy, the Mazda3 is powerful:

  • Mazda3: The Mazda’s 2.0L SKYACTIV®-G engine, paired to your choice of a SKYACTIV®-MT manual or SKYACTIV®-Drive automatic transmission, delivers 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque,
  • Honda Fit: The 2017 Honda Fit sports a 1.5L four-cylinder, and it suffers for it with just 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. It leaves drivers to choose between a manual transmission or the slippery continuously variable transmission, rather than offering a traditional automatic.

Fuel Economy

While oftentimes drivers expect a more powerful engine to lag behind on fuel economy, the 2016 Mazda3 5-door boasts high fuel efficiency ratings in addition to its impressive performance.

  • 2016 Mazda3 5-door models with SKYACTIV®-MT transmissions earn an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city.
  • 2017 Honda Fit models with the standard six-speed manual transmission also offer 29 city mpg but only manage to hit 36 highway mpg.

Thus, drivers who spend even just a portion of their time on the highway will see the difference start to add up, and fast!

Exclusive Features

Many compact cars offer similar entry-level features these days, like Bluetooth® phone and audio, an in-dash LCD screen, and a rearview camera. Mazda takes things a step further, featuring a 7-inch touchscreen interface for the MAZDA CONNECT™ system, which can manage all of your media and vehicle settings with a few taps on the touchscreen interface. The larger size makes it very user-friendly and easy to navigate, and the multifunction Commander controller in the center console offers control just a few inches from your shifter for even more options.

The 2017 Honda Fit requires costly upgrades for any kind of comparable infotainment interface, and even then you’re not getting the exclusive MAZDA CONNECT™.

Test Drive a Mazda

The only way to be confident the Mazda3 is the right vehicle for you is to get behind the wheel and put it to the test, and the best way to experience exclusive features like MAZDA CONNECT™ is with a hands-on tutorial. Come browse our inventory of the Mazda3 5-door, and let us show you what makes the 2016 Mazda3 5-door such a superior option for Vernon and East Hartford drivers; we think you’ll soon understand why so many of these stylish hatchbacks are cruising the streets of South Windsor and Glastonbury. Contact Mazda of Manchester today to schedule your time behind the wheel.