2021 Mazda CX-3 vs. Its Competition

2021 Mazda CX-3
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The first place to cross-shop the CX-3 with Mazda’s larger, roomier CX-30.

The 2021 Chevy Trax and Ford Ecosport are entry-level models for their respective makes that pale to the CX-3 and the next largest model in their respective lineups.

New for 2021, the Venue exudes style and has good standard features, but offers more options and an excellent warranty.

The quirky Toyota C-HR and spacious Honda HR-V are overdue for updates.

2021 Mazda CX-32021 Mazda CX-32021 Honda HR-V2021 Honda HR-V
2021 Hyundai Venue2021 Hyundai Venue
2021 Mazda CX-302021 Mazda CX-30
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Quick Specs
6.2
The 2021 Mazda CX-3 is a small but well-equipped crossover available in only base Sport trim.
5.0
The 2021 Honda HR-V leans into hatchback practicality, but its fuel economy and standard safety gear lag.
6.3
The 2021 Hyundai Venue courts bargain shoppers with department-store space and quality.
6.0
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is great-looking, spacious, and more polished and fun-to-drive than other compact competitors, but it’s a step behind in value and features.
5.5
The 2021 Toyota C-HR needs to be seen to be believed; the driving’s forgettable.
4.3
The 2020 Chevy Trax crossover has a low price for a tall ride height–and not much else.
MSRP From     
$20,790$21,220$18,750$22,050$21,695$21,300
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSmall Station WagonsMidsize CarsSmall SUV 2WDCompact CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
Sport FWDLX 2WD CVTSE IVT2.5 S FWDLE FWD (GS)FWD 4-Door LS
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 UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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