2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. Its Competition

2019 Mazda CX-3
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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

The Hyundai Kona offers compelling value and space, but its jerky drivetrain is something we’d skip (until the battery-powered Kona EV comes along, that is).

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

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

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.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 fails to launch in the crossover-SUV space race.
The 2019 Chevrolet Trax makes a compelling used car alternative, but rivals do many things better.
The 2019 Honda HR-V makes a perfect in-town companion with its spacious, flexible interior and good ride quality.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona takes less of your money for more of its space; it’s a compact crossover SUV that shares our priorities, if not our sensibilities.
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is as plucky as ever, but with more available safety gear this year.
The 2019 Toyota C-HR compact crossover is about looks. All about looks.
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Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylRegular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
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Compact CarsSpecial PurposeSmall Station WagonsSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDCompact Cars
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Sport FWDFWD 4-Door LSLX 2WD CVTSE Automatic AWD2.0i ManualLE FWD (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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