Honda or Mazda: Only 1 in 23 People Can Correctly Identify the Make of These Vehicles! Can You?

By: J.P. Naomi
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Vroom, vroom!! Only the most careful eyes can spot the difference between these Japanese-manufactured vehicles! It's time to rev your engine and see if you have what it takes to ace this quiz ... is it a Honda? or is it a Mazda!

Think this will be a walk in the park? or shall we say ... cruise around the track? Think again! Hondas and Mazdas are competitors. And naturally, they try to one-up each other! What results is greater options for consumers like us, and who can complain about that?

You see, Hondas and Mazdas enjoy a healthy competition, but dig a little deeper, and you realize they are actually quite different! When it comes to their manufacturing and marketing priorities, Honda is more focused on dependability and variety. They offer more vehicles including a luxury line. But Mazda has a special appeal, too. They cater to a particular market that cares more about performance and reliability. Not to mention, they take a lot of pride in the fun factor ... after all, Mazda cars are "fun to drive". Zoom, zoom anybody? 

So how do you choose between these two international award-winning brands? This is going to be a tough one! Let's put your pedal to the metal and take this quiz for a ride. It's time to see if know your Hondas from your Mazdas and your Mazdas from your Hondas! Ready, set, go!

The Honda Pilot is a mid-size crossover SUV that was introduced by Honda in 2002. It is a 5-door, 3.5 liter V6 vehicle that is manufactured in Lincoln, Alabama and marketed mainly in North America.

The Mazda BT-50 began production in 2006 and continues today. It is a larger version of its predecessor, the B-Series pickup. The Mazda BT-50 is actually not sold or built in Japan.

Did you know the Honda Civic has seen ten generations since 1972? What started out as a subcompact vehicle has transitioned into the more upmarket and compact car segments.

The Honda Ridgeline is one of only two trucks currently produced by the Honda Motor Company. The second is the Honda Acty mini-truck. The Ridgeline is currently assembled in Lincoln, Alabama.

The Mazda CX-5 has been in production since 2012 with its first model year being 2013. It is Mazda's first car featuring the new KODO – Soul of Motion Design language - which was first shown in the Shinari concept vehicle in May 2011.

The Honda Fit is a five-door, front-engine, front-wheel drive B-segment subcompact car. It has been in production since 2001 and is marketed worldwide. By 2013, its sales had reached nearly 5 million.

The Honda HR-V was produced by Honda from 1998 - 2006 and then made a comeback in 2014. HR-Vs sold in the United States today are assembled at the Celaya, Mexico plant.

The Mazda Tribute was a compact SUV made by Japanese automaker Mazda from 2000 to 2011. It was closely related to the Ford Escape and the Mercury Mariner.

The Honda Element was manufactured in East Liberty, Ohio from 2003 through 2011. It was designed by John Andrew Frye and was offered with front-wheel or all-wheel drive in the United States and Canada.

The Mazda CX-3 has been in production in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia since 2015. It has won several awards, including 2016 Car of the Year Thailand and 2015 Red Dot Design Award, Germany!

The Honda FCX Clarity is based on the 2006 Honda FCX Concept and only available as a hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle. Production began in 2008 and continued through 2014 when it was succeeded by the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell.

Weighing in at 1,676 pounds, the Honda Beat was a rear wheel drive, mid-engine two-seat roaster kei car. It was desined by Pininfarina and was produced from 1991 to 1996.

The Mazda RX-8 was a sports car manufactured by Mazda between 2002 and 2012. It was named on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 2004, 2005, and 2006!

The Honda Odyssey has received numerous awards since its inception in 1994. It won both Car and Driver's "5 Best Trucks" and Consumer Reports' "Top Pick Minivan" several times.

The Mazda5 is known also as the Mazda Premacy depending on where you are. The United States stopped importing the Mazda 5 in 2015 due to sluggish sales volumes. Mazda then shifted its focus to crossover vehicles including the Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, and the Mazda CX-9

The Honda Civic Hybrid was the first hybrid automobile to be certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the United States. Its successor is the 3rd generation Honda Insight.

The Honda CR-Z combines a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain with traditional sports car elements. This include having a 2+2 seating arrangement and a standard 6-speed manual transmission.

Produced from 1998 - 2000, the Mazda Millenia was designed by Yujiro Daikoku in 1990. It was assembled in Hiroshima, Japan and followed the Mazda T platform.

The Honda Insight was a hybrid electric vehicle that was manufactured in its first generation as a three-door, two-passenger hatchback. In its second generation, it transitioned to a five-door, five-passenger hatchback.

The Mazda MX-3 was a four-seat compact coupé that was produced from 1991 - 1998 in Hofu, Japan. It was known as the Eunos 30X in Australia!

Honda offered the Accord Hybrid in the United States from 2005 through 2007. Fuel economy was originally estimated at 30 mpg city and 37 mpg highway for the 2005 model year, but was later changed to 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway after Honda's addition of standard moon roof and spare tire during the 2006 model year.

The Mazda Carol was originally manufactured and produced by Suzuki from 1962 - 1970. The vehicle made a comeback under Mazda in 1989 and is presently on its seventh generation.

The Honda Accord is one of the best-selling cars in the United States. It has been in production since 1976 and has gone from compact, to mid-size to now full-size vehicle class. It has been named 2018 North American Car of the Year.

The Honda Stream was manufactured from 2000 - 2014 in Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. It is closely related to the Civic and its successor is the current Honda Jade in both Japan and Singapore.

The Honda Acty is a series of cab-over microvans and kei trucks that have been produced by Honda since 1977. They were originally designed for the Japanese domestic market. Did you know that Acty is short for "Activity"?

The Mazda Bongo was named for the African Bongo, a type of antelope. Mazda began production in 1966 and will discontinue this vehicle after the 2018 model year.

The Honda Legend is a V6-engine full-size car that was in production from 1985 - 2012 and has been back now since 2014. It is a 4-door sedan, though it was available as a 2-door from 1985 - 1995. It is closely related to the Acura RLX.

Produced from 1966 - 1970, the Honda S800 was a sports car that was first introduced at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show. Its competitors were the Austin-Healey Sprite, MG Midget, Triumph Spitfire and Fiat 850 Spider.

The Honda FR-V was also known as the Honda Edix in Japan. It was manufactured from 2004 to 2009 and came in 5- or 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions.

The Mazda Porter was a small truck produced from 1961 to 1989, mainly for sale in the domestic Japanese market. The first standard Porter Cab sold for ¥308,000! It was later replaced by the Autozam Scrum, a rebadged Suzuki Carry.

The Honda Prelude was a sports coupé produced by Honda from 1978 to 2001. The two-door coupé was loosely derived from the Honda Accord and spanned five generations.

Recognize this one? It's the Mazda Navajo - actually manufactured by Ford Motor Company from 1991 - 1994. It was assembled in Louisville, Kentucky and was succeeded by the Mazda Tribute.

The Honda S2000 was a roadster manufactured by Honda from 1999 to 2009. It was designed by Daisuke Sawai in 1996. This convertible had an FMR layout - that's front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout!

The Honda Civic Type R is the highest performance version of the Honda Civic made by Honda Motor Company of Japan. It began production in 1997 and continues to this day as a 3- or 5-door hatchback or 4-door sedan!

Though produced for nearly 45 years, the Honda Life was rarely marketed outside Japan. It went through five generations before ending its run in 2014.

The Mazda3 is known as the Mazda Axela in Japan. Axela references the words "accelerate" and "excellent"! This vehicle is currently assembled in Japan, Colombia, Iran and Taiwan.

The Honda Mobilio Spike was a 1.5-litre compact-wagon, or 5-door hatchback. It was released in Japan on September 19, 2002 and was Honda’s third model in the Small Max series. The Honda Freed followed.

The Honda Passport was actually a badge engineered version of the Isuzu Rodeo. It was sold by Honda in the United States as their first entry into the growing SUV market of the 1990s. It was followed by the now-popular Honda Pilot.

The origins of the NSX trace back to 1984, with the HP-X concept. The concept vehicle was a mid-engined 3.0 L V6 engine rear wheel drive sports car. Today the NSX is manufactured Acura in the United States while Honda does the manufacturing elsewhere around the world.

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