2018 Mazda CX-3 vs. Its Competition

2018 Mazda CX-3
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Mazda CX-3 competes in a crowded field of low-cost small crossovers and keeps pace with all of them.

The Chevrolet Trax is a relatively compelling pick in base configurations with its price that rivals the CX-3.

The Honda HR-V might be our pick of the class thanks to its surprising space and interior flexibility, although it’s more expensive.

The Toyota C-HR is the most expressive of the bunch with love-it-or-leave-it looks that we won’t comment on, but note that it’s only front-wheel drive.

The Hyundai Kona is a new entry and could be a compelling value when it goes on sale.

The Subaru Crosstrek has a higher entry price, but standard all-wheel drive and better handling than the last version.

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Quick Specs
6.3
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is an attractive small crossover pick thanks to its good looks. We’d ask for more room, but fear that would spoil the CX-3’s low price.
5.7
The 2018 Chevrolet Trax, Chevy’s smallest utility vehicle, is straightforward: it’s plain on the outside but practical inside, not particularly fast but adequately fuel-efficient.
6.5
The 2018 Honda HR-V blends great rear-seat flexibility and gas mileage, but it’s slow.
5.8
The 2018 Hyundai Kona compact crossover SUV uses its space—and your money—wisely.
7.2
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek smooths over the edges that we didn’t like with the last version. It’s smooth, quiet, and capable—all good things because it won’t be rushed.
6.0
The 2018 Toyota C-HR rides high, with astonishing looks that we like (you may differ); they're the selling point for a slow car that doesn't offer all-wheel drive despite a crossover label.
MSRP From     
$20,110$21,000$19,670$19,500$21,795$22,500
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylRegular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSpecial PurposeSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
Sport FWDFWD 4-Door LSLX 2WD ManualSE 2.0L Automatic2.0i ManualXLE FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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