Honda Civic (Sport) 2019 Vs Mazda 3 (Select) 2019

Apple sunnyshade
Jul 9 19 Comments

Well I'm a new grad looking to make a reliable investment. I also want my first car to look a bit fancy. After a lot of research I narrowed down to these. The Mazda looks amazing but Honda has a better resale value. I'm thinking of keeping my car for at least 7-8 years.
Do you think it is the right choice? If not, what else would you consider?
Both cars have a MSRP of 22k.
I'm looking for a car which will get me to work, and sometimes on roadtrips.

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  • Amazon / Mktg flubbers
    A new car isn’t an investment. It’s a vanity purchase (no judgement, just acknowledge that you are intentionally losing a similarly large amount money no matter which car you choose)
    Jul 9 2
    • Apple sunnyshade
      OP
      Yeah, I meant some value for the money I'm putting in. A depreciating asset for sure, but I really need a mode of transport.
      Jul 9
    • Intel / Eng MaxHeap
      Not everything you do in life should be an investment. We all only live once. Yes having a lot of money when you retire is great but you also gotta enjoy life right now while you can. Life isn't so fun when you're old.
      Jul 9
  • Facebook chunkya
    22k is peanuts. Just but whatever you feel like. Forget resale value.
    Jul 9 0
  • SAP MrDT
    I'm driving a BMW 4 series which costs 2.5x the Mazda and I'm seriously thinking to switching to the Mazda3 as well. It looks good, but it also is extremely fun to drive (handling etc), comfortable, quiet, better quality interior etc.. The Mazda 3 2019 is imho one of the best bang for buck you can get today. If you keep the car 7-8 years the difference in resale value between both will be negligible. If there's one advice I have is that you should consider getting the preferred or premium instead. If you get a good deal I don't think it's going to be that much more expensive and there's just really a bunch of cool things in the higher trims like leather seats, heads up display and bose sound (the bose system and heads up display is better than the ones in my 4 series imho).
    Jul 10 2
    • Apple sunnyshade
      OP
      Oh thank you. Let me check the preferred and premium as well. I assumed the leather seats come in the select 😅
      Jul 10
    • SAP MrDT
      oh yeah, looks like the select has already the leatherette seats. Main thing the preferred adds is the bose sound system (important for me personally), 8 way power adjustable driver seat and heated front seats. it'd definitely do a sound check of the bose vs non bose before making a decision. The premium also adds heads up display (love it in my BMW), moon roof and real leather (instead of leatherette) seats. Personally I'm only considering the premium, mostly because good sound and heads up are must haves for me, but decide for yourself.
      Jul 10
  • Bloomberg / Eng idFR43
    Get a lightly used lease return. I don't know if I could ever buy a new car. Such a waste in value.

    My last purchase was a car that was leased for a year with 10,000 miles, fully loaded, for 40% off original msrp. I've done this quite a few times.
    Jul 13 0
  • Capital One loading...
    If you intend to keep it for 7-8 years which you won't (trust me I bought one telling myself the same thing and 4 years in already looking), resale shouldn't really make that much of a difference. In fact even at 4-5 years in, the max difference would be 500-1K at max. Do you really think gaining those 500 bucks is worth keeping yourself from buying a car you like more over the years of ownership?

    I would pick the Mazda 3. The latest gen looks sick. Civic just always gave me a cheap vibe. Good for the long haul but just too common.
    Jul 10 0
  • Microsoft huehuee
    Mazda for the fancy look
    Jul 10 0
  • Netflix / Eng LoveDeathR
    Get a model 3
    Jul 10 0
  • Citrix Systems / Eng peda
    Mazda
    Jul 9 0
  • Oracle bH23sD
    Nobody said to buy Tesla instead?

    Bummer. Cmon people.
    Jul 9 2
    • Amazon ezy
      Instead OP can buy both the cars and still save some money for the price of a Tesla
      Jul 9
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  • Adobe DaLobstah
    I bought a Mazda 3 (new) in summer 2012, knowing I’d drive it until it dies. It’s my daily commuter car. Love it. Still drives wonderfully and with the SkyActiv engine, I get incredible gas mileage.

    Mazda still has the Zoom, Zoom whereas Honda, while great, is a toaster - meaning it does the job but it’s just an appliance. Get the Mazda.
    Jul 10 0
  • Airbnb Vvwk34
    Why new car? Just buy a hertz sales. You will get three days of test drive and it is always much cheaper after two years. I have two ford bought at their two years old and got no big issues
    Jul 10 0
  • Cisco xandercage
    I love the new civic with smoky headlamps! But both are great ! Mostly with civic you will get Honda sensing by default which is a great add on
    Jul 10 0
  • Yahoo lannis
    Anything Honda and Toyota.
    Jul 9 0