The 2016 Honda Fit vs. the 2016 Mazda3

2016 Honda Fit

2016 Honda Fit

2016 Mazda3 5door

2016 Mazda3

The 2016 Honda Fit and the 2016 Mazda3 both offer a compelling blend of efficiency, versatility, and the latest features. If you’re shopping for a small hatchback here in the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area, either one should deliver what you need. If, however, you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck by nabbing the better vehicle, then you need to read our detailed comparison below!


These two cars have a significant price difference. The 2016 Honda Fit LX with continuously variable transmission starts at $16,690 MSRP, excluding destination and handling charges. Meanwhile, the 2016 Mazda3 hatchback with automatic transmission starts at $19,595 MSRP. That $3,000 difference is worth keeping in mind when you start pricing out your vehicle.

Powertrain and Performance

The 2016 Mazda3 comes with more horsepower than the 2016 Honda Fit, but the Honda Fit offers more fuel economy. The Mazda3 uses a 2.0L four-cylinder to make 155 hp but only earns a 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway/33 mpg combined EPA estimate with its six-speed automatic transmission.

The Fit uses a 1.5L four-cylinder that makes 130 hp. The Fit is capable of up to an EPA estimated 33 mpg city/41 mpg highway/36 mpg combined* in the LX trim with continuously variable transmission.

Seating and Cargo

While the 2016 Mazda3 is bigger on the outside than the 2016 Honda Fit, the Fit can actually carry more cargo and offers more space for passengers in important dimensions. The Fit can carry up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded down, while the Mazda3 comes up short at 47.1 cubic feet. Inside the passenger compartment, the Honda Fit also offers more front headroom and rear legroom than the Mazda3.

Drive the Fit at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake

Visit us at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL to test drive the latest Honda Fit right now. As your leading Honda dealer serving the Chicagoland and Elgin area, we’re happy to help you find the right vehicle. We think that the Fit is the better bet in this comparison, and we think you’ll agree once you’ve taken it for a test drive!

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.