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Honda Accord vs. Mazda Mazda3 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Honda Accord or Mazda Mazda3 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Honda Accord and the Mazda Mazda3 truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Honda Accord 102 Accords, 5.4 months of data per Accord, average 5900 miles9
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Mazda Mazda3 73 Mazda3s, 5.7 months of data per Mazda3, average 6300 miles

Redesigned and off to a very good start.
9
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Accord 145 Accords, 9.6 months of data per Accord, average 15000 miles

Redesigned.
15
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Mazda Mazda3 45 Mazda3s, 9.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 11300 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Accord 37 Accords, 10.1 months of data per Accord, average 25000 miles3
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda Mazda3 67 Mazda3s, 10.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 25600 miles11
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.0 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 23600 miles

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2011 Honda Accord 36 Accords, 8.6 months of data per Accord, average 46700 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mazda Mazda3 43 Mazda3s, 8.8 months of data per Mazda3, average 34400 miles25
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Accord 48 Accords, 9.1 months of data per Accord, average 49700 miles19
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   19 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.7 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 49700 miles

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 100 Mazda3s, 9.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 54600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Accord 54 Accords, 8.5 months of data per Accord, average 65100 miles13
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mazda Mazda3 34 Mazda3s, 10.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 68300 miles

Includes 2008.5s.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   17 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 50700 miles

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2008 Honda Accord 86 Accords, 9.4 months of data per Accord, average 71300 miles

Redesigned.
30
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda Mazda3 59 Mazda3s, 9.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 73500 miles40
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   10 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 82000 miles

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2007 Honda Accord 104 Accords, 9.7 months of data per Accord, average 86700 miles33
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda Mazda3 59 Mazda3s, 9.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 83700 miles

First model year for the MazdaSpeed3.
43
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   17 MazdaSpeed3s, 8.8 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 63100 miles

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2006 Honda Accord 84 Accords, 8.9 months of data per Accord, average 102600 miles30
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mazda Mazda3 44 Mazda3s, 8.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 96500 miles61
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Accord 61 Accords, 9.1 months of data per Accord, average 115900 miles32
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Mazda Mazda3 37 Mazda3s, 9.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 98200 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Accord 67 Accords, 8.6 months of data per Accord, average 122400 miles65
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Mazda Mazda3 25 Mazda3s, 7.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 113100 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
96
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Accord 73 Accords, 7.9 months of data per Accord, average 138100 miles

Redesigned.
87
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Honda Accord 40 Accords, 9.0 months of data per Accord, average 137900 miles83
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Honda Accord 34 Accords, 8.5 months of data per Accord, average 159400 miles54
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Accord 44 Accords, 8.7 months of data per Accord, average 160000 miles50
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Honda Accord 26 Accords, 7.9 months of data per Accord, average 163000 miles64
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Accord

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Accord

Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Our past Hondas have been the most reliable cars we've owned. I would expect the Accord Coupe to be much more reliable long-term than the Volkswagen.
2011 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Now approaching 140,000 miles and other than 2 sets of tires, only cost has been maintenance as called for by Miantenance Minder. I drove an 2008 Accord to 150,000 and passed on to a family member with similar experience (although brakes had been replaced).
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
I drove each of my Accords for more than 14 years with no major repairs.
2010 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Reputation....Still new I have no personal experience
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Wife had an Accord from 2000 and very little ever went wrong with it until it dropped the transmission July 2009. No brainer to get another one to serve as the every-day family car.
2010 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
After owning and repairing many European cars, it is comforting to know that the Accord is much more likely than not to have extraordinary reliability and durability. It is a calming feeling.
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Historical experience. The parts that matter most to drivability will last - in my experience an Accords drivetrain will remain functional while the body rusts away.
2009 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Our two previous Hondas gave us exemplary trouble-free driving. In eleven months and 19,000 miles so has this one.
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Amazing reliability track record
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Proven track record. Have owned other accords
Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
window and trunk rattles
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
My issue with the accord is at 38,000 miles I was told I had a broken motor mount. I am not sure why or how a broken motor mount would occur in under 3 years of ownership. I found that annoying because the car was maintained and not beaten on and this happens. Nothing better than coughing up $700.00 just before your child is born.
2006 2dr Coupe 244-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
This car has been at the dealer almost once every couple of months, it feels like the car is just falling apart in my hands. Just the other day the power window controls fell out of the door. The transmission sometimes refuses to go into gear from Park
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Another issue I had was around 60,000 miles, I had to replace the power steering pump. I heard this whine sound from under my hood and next thing I know, I am coughing up another $500 to replace the pump. I had all the fluids changed when recommended and this still happened. Between the motor mount and power steering pump, I have spent $1300 more on this accord than I did on my 99 Camry.
2003 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
cold start valve or cylinder slap after 53K miles
2002 2dr Coupe 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I bought the car so I could drive it, change the oil, and keep driving it. But from faulty fog lights, worn radio controls, two transmissions, two alternators, and numerous rattles, I have not reached my goal of maintenance-free driving and quality.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mazda Mazda3

Mazda Mazda3 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
It was neck and neck between the Mazda3 and the MINI COOPER. I had my heart set on the MINI, but reliability was the deciding factor. I spent countless hours researching vehicles over the last several months and was very dismayed at all the mechanical issues that plague the MINI. On the other hand the Mazda3 seems to be very much trouble free. I really wanted a MINI, but I knew its 'cool' fun to drive personality wouldn't be enough to overcome the reliability headaches I could expect.
2011 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Reputation for reliability.
2011 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Consumer Reports top rated is always a good choice.
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Mazda has been a reliable purveyor of fun cars, and its Mazda 3 is no disappointment. The new-for-2010 version features overhauled sheetmetal and extra cabin refinement, and a 3 s Sport model.
2010 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I have been impressed with previous Mazdas I have owned. The 3 was well rated with CR and other automotive sites.
2010 4dr Hatch 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Always rated well
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I;ve had them in past and have had no warranty issues and other than regular maintenance had not had to take them in to get serviced.
2009 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have owned other Mazdas and liked them.
2009 4dr Hatch turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual FWD
reliabiilty is excellent so far. both rear shocks leaked after about 65,000 miles. one oxygen sensor replacemnent. that is it so far. made in hiroshima says it all i guess
2008 4dr Hatch 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
After 5 years of ownership and 67,000 miles, there were no major repairs. The only issue was a A/C filter problem that was fixed under warranty 2 years in.
Mazda Mazda3 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Hatch 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The drivetrain reliability on this car is awful. Clutch started failing at 40K, axles have gone bad, wheel bearings have gone bad, suspension has been replaced..
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
According to various sources it is not as good as Honda/Toyota. I had 0 problems with the 3. In equal time and distance the Corrola had given me some light headache though.
2009 4dr Hatch 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I got this from previous owner.
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual FWD
turbo might be unreliable
2008 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
My alternator went out after 10,000 miles of gentle driving. It happened to fail as I was driving through the coastal Oregon mountains, causing me to lose power steering intermittently on the twisties. Inexcusable for modern, brand-new automobile!!
2006 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Perhaps I have a lemon or drive it too hard, but have replaced: Clutch at 22k (free fix from dealer) Right Axle (CV joints clicking) at 65k ($480 part!) Left Axle (CV joints) starting to click Broken engine mount (rear, #3 I think) at 50k inspection
2006 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I am getting an intermittent CEL coming on, and it seems to be missing every now and then. Not sure if it is bad tank of gas, or a plug is dirty, but it is a little disconcerting. Sometimes when you pull away you feel it jerk a little, and then it kicksin
2005 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Had several repairs during warranty. None engine related except one. Nearly every repair was covered by a TSB so known problems. Plus developed rust on inside door panels due to improper factory clean;Mazda has a lot of problems with rust in this model
2005 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I've owned many great Mazdas in the past and they have always been exceptional cars, but this 3 has been awful. Everything was OK until around 70k miles and from there on out it has been nonstop issues.
  • Brakes - Plan on replacing rotors every time you do pads
  • Tie Rod - Broke clean in half at 80k miles. The car was never in a collision or anything that could have explained it. If I was on the highway I could have seriously crashed the car
  • Belt Tensioner - Only available OEM (and pricey)
  • Control arms, bushings (front and rear), constant clunks and thuds from the suspension.
  • Broken shock mounts
  • Heater Core at 90k miles
  • Wheel bearings - In 127k miles I have done all 4 twice. My mechanic says that this is common on all of the 3's he services.
  • Front End shimmy - It has had a shimmy of varying degrees constantly since about 50k miles on. I will get a bunch of front end work done, replace rotors, or balance tires, and it will be better, but never gone
  • All sorts of electrical weirdness (Sometimes the "you forgot your key in the ignition" chime wont go off until you turn the car back on/off)
  • Headlights - You will replace them so often that you can do it in your sleep. We also have a Mazda 5 and it is the same way. I have even had to replace the weird socket adapters they use. Currently I am getting no power at all to the passengers side. Also, those clear lenses haze like crazy.
  • Horn - even the slightest puddle drowns it. Mine seemed to have been shorted out as the relay trips but now I dont even get power to the horn itself
  • The condensate drain for the AC clogs constantly. If you dont notice it, it will slowly start to seep into the carpet and cause a wonderful mildew funk. Its easy to fix with a chopstick or pencil, but I have never had a car where this is an issue before.
  • Cruise Control now toggles off/on/off/on creating a wonderful seasick sensation
I would like to mention that I'm not some boy racer constantly hooning around. My car is completely stock, I'm a 38 year old dad, and 90% of the miles on it are highway back and forth to work. This is my daily commuter.
2004 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
No major problems but there are still some problems with brake dust in the rear. Had to have the front passenger window fixed (got loose). Purge valve was found defective. Transmission 2nd gear shifted hard until the software was updated.