Mazda MX-3 1994 vs Honda Prelude 1996

Mazda MX-3
1994 - 1998
Honda Prelude
1996 - 2000
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 1.6 Petrol2.0 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing beltTiming belt


Power: 110 HP133 HP
Torque: 137 NM179 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 10.5 seconds9.2 seconds
Honda Prelude is a more dynamic driving.
Mazda MX-3 engine produces 23 HP less power than Honda Prelude, whereas torque is 42 NM less than Honda Prelude. Due to the lower power, Mazda MX-3 reaches 100 km/h speed 1.3 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.99.2
Real fuel consumption: 8.1 l/100km9.0 l/100km
The Mazda MX-3 is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Mazda MX-3 consumes 2.3 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Honda Prelude, which means that by driving the Mazda MX-3 over 15,000 km in a year you can save 345 litres of fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Mazda MX-3 consumes 0.9 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Honda Prelude.
Fuel tank capacity: 50 litres60 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 720 km in combined cycle650 km in combined cycle
830 km on highway820 km on highway
610 km with real consumption660 km with real consumption


Average engine lifespan: 420'000 km420'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used.
Engine production duration: 16 years13 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 5 other car models, including Mazda 3, Mazda Xedos 6, Kia RIO, Kia Cerato, Kia CarensUsed only for this car
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Mazda MX-3 might be a better choice in this respect.
Hydraulic tappets: yesno
The Mazda MX-3 engine has hydraulic tappets (lifters), providing quieter operation and no need for periodic adjustment, but they are more complex in design and can cause serious engine damage in case of failure.


Length: 4.22 m4.54 m
Width: 1.70 m1.75 m
Height: 1.31 m1.32 m
Mazda MX-3 is smaller.
Mazda MX-3 is 32 cm shorter than the Honda Prelude, 5 cm narrower, while the height of Mazda MX-3 is 1 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 135 litresno data
Turning diameter: 9.8 meters11 meters
The turning circle of the Mazda MX-3 is 1.2 metres less than that of the Honda Prelude, which means Mazda MX-3 can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`4301`200
Safety: no datano data
Quality: no datano data
Average price (€): 10001200
Pros and Cons: Mazda MX-3 has
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • better manoeuvrability
  • lower price
Honda Prelude has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
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