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2017 Honda Civic Coupe vs Mazda MX-5 Miata

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2017 Honda Civic Coupe vs Mazda MX-5 MiataAffordable sport coupes are enjoying a resurgence these days. Drivers want the best possible combination of performance, comfort, technology and design out of their vehicles, and when it comes to these aesthetics and aspects, Honda and Mazda rule the roads. Between the Honda Civic Coupe and the Mazda MX-5 Miata, you’ve got just about everything you need to tool around the highways and byways of Denver, Aurora, and Centennial.

Which one, however, will deliver the ideal combination of performance and features for your daily driving needs? Check out a direct head-to-head comparison as the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe goes up against the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata, from the team at Mile High Honda.

Honda Civic Coupe vs Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2017 Honda Civic Coupe just went through a complete redesign year last year. That means that this year it’s back with a few additional tweaks to make the new design even better. Specifically, you can choose to pick from two different performance designed models, and a powerful turbocharged engine which delivers 306 horsepower.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is also coming off of last year’s redesign. It doesn’t offer as many tweaks this year, but it does hit the showroom floors this year with a new folding hardtop model. You also get blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts at the Club level trim.

Base Features

The new Miata comes with three trim levels: the Sport, the Club and the Grand Touring levels. All three come with 155 horsepower with rear wheel drive and a choice of manual or automatic transmission. The base Sport level is very stripped down and offers a bare-bones experience. You get push-button start, power accessories, cruise control, Bluetooth, and six-speaker CD sound with USB port and auxiliary jack.

The 2017 Honda Civic Coupe, on the other hand, comes at the base level with automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, power accessories, cruise control, automatic climate control, 5-inch central display, rearview camera, Bluetooth, and 4-speaker sound system with USB port, Pandora connectivity, sunroof and keyless ignition and entry.2017 Honda Civic Coupe vs Mazda MX-5 Miata

You certainly get more right out of the gate with the Honda Civic Coupe than with the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Performance and Driving

The Mazda Miata MX-5 is driven by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which delivers 155 horsepower paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic transmission is optional. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 27 mpg city and 34 mpg highway miles. By comparison, the base model Honda Civic Coupe’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivers 158 horsepower mated with a 6-speed manual or a CVT. It gives you an EPA-estimated 28 city MPG and an EPA-estimated 39 highway MPG.¹

Test Drive the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe at Mile High Honda

Overall, the new 2017 Honda Civic coupe comes out ahead of the MX-5 Miata. If you’d like to get behind the wheel or are interested in more information, Mile High Honda can help. If you’re in the Denver, Aurora, or Centennial areas, give us a call or stop into our showroom for a test drive today!


¹28 city/39 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX with 6-speed manual transmission. 30 city/39 highway/34 combined mpg rating for LX and LX-P CVT models. 30 city/41 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T model with 6-speed manual transmission. 31 city/40 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparisons purpose only. Your mileage will wary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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