2016 Mazda CX-3 vs. Its Competition

2016 Mazda CX-3

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is undeniably the driver’s choice of the current subcompact crossover set, but there are great alternatives to be found if your priorities lie elsewhere, too.

The Honda HR-V, for example, leverages the Fit hatchback’s underpinnings to great effect, though it lacks the peppy, sporty feel of the CX-3.

The Buick Encore and Chevy Trax—both essentially the same under the skin—are also noticeably less sporty, but do offer great value, and, in the case of the Buick, a bit more premium feel.

The Jeep Renegade packs the promise of real off-road ability, something the CX-3 doesn’t aspire to, but its funky, rugged looks won’t suit everyone.

For those wanting the Renegade’s strengths in a more European package, there’s the Fiat 500X—though again, some may find its curves and bulges ungainly.

2016 Mazda CX-32016 Mazda CX-3
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2016 Buick Encore2016 Buick Encore
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2015 Chevrolet Trax2016 Chevrolet Trax
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2016 Honda HR-V2016 Honda HR-V
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2016 Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary edition2016 Jeep Renegade
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2016 Fiat 500X2016 FIAT 500X
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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is stylish, well-equipped, and one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in its segment.
7.4
The 2016 Buick Encore masks its economy-car roots well, but tepid performance keeps its from earning a premium label.
7.6
With its useful hatchback shape and thrifty fuel economy, the 2016 Chevrolet Trax is a smart package for city dwellers who value practicality over power or style.
7.8
The 2016 Honda HR-V smartly trades a little of the Fit's fuel economy for exuberant styling, more headroom, and optional all-wheel drive.
7.6
The 2016 Jeep Renegade has something to please both off-roaders and commuters, but its performance can seem dull compared to its engaging styling.
7.6
The smartly styled 2016 Fiat 500X is no off-roader, but it might be the most useful vehicle from the brand yet.
MSRP From     
$19,960$24,065$20,300$19,215$17,995$20,000
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylRegular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSpecial PurposeSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door LS w/1LS2WD 4-Door Manual LXFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door Pop
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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