Small on the outside and spacious inside, compact crossovers like the 2017 Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V are setting the tone for modern comfort and fuel efficiency. Which model is your best buy? Give our comparison guide the once-over before you make your purchase.
2017 Mazda CX-3 vs Honda HR-V
Load up your crew for a night on the town - the 2017 Mazda CX-3 has more than enough head and leg room for everyone to enjoy a comfortable excursion. And all five passengers enjoy more than just space, because the CX-3 is also known for its cushy-yet-supportive seating.
As you swing around town on your latest errand run, the Honda HR-V supplies the comfort you need to get through the monotony. It even offers excellent space for rear-seat passengers. However, the HR-V cabin can sometimes put you off with its noisy engine and vibrations; you'll find a smoother ride in the CX-3.
All CX-3 models come standard with nifty smartphone integration features, making it our pick for technology. Play your Aha/Pandora/Stitcher Internet radio stations to your heart's content. There are multiple ways to get to your favorite apps - use the responsive touchscreen, the redundant old-school knob, or even voice controls.
We like the HR-V take on navigation, which makes sure you never get lost. But, on the flip side, the HR-V touchscreen interface isn't the friendliest out there. Menus can be difficult to figure out and, worse, you may find yourself jabbing at the touchscreen to get it to do what you want.
Performance and Fuel Efficiency
Like its fellow Mazdas, the 2017 CX-3 offers an exciting ride. Driving enthusiasts will be quick to love its precise steering and agile handling. Whether you're carefully following a winding mountain road or zooming through downtown traffic, you can count on the CX-3 to follow your every command. It also supplies segment-leading fuel economy, earning up to 29 city/34 highway mpg.
As far as fuel economy goes, the Honda HR-V comes in a close second. It earns up to 28/34 mpg. However, if you put the HR-V up against the CX-3 in a drag race, the CX-3's quick acceleration leaves the HR-V in the dust.
The 2017 Honda HR-V is our first choice for safety. Top-notch crash-test scores make for a relaxing highway ride. In government crash tests, the HR-V earned a perfect five-star rating for overall safety. Honda also introduces some safety features that you won't find anywhere else - like the LaneWatch system. When you engage your right turn signal, the central touchscreen displays your passenger-side blind spot, reducing the possibility of an accident.
In government crash tests, the CX-3 also earned a perfect five-star rating overall. While it doesn't actually show you your passenger-side blind spot, but the CX-3 blind-spot monitoring system will let you know about any vehicles you might not be able to see.
Learn More about the Mazda CX-3
The Honda HR-V has its high points, but the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is the better pick for technophiles and driving enthusiasts. The CX-3 puts you ahead of the competition - literally - with quick acceleration and class-leading fuel economy. Inside, there's plenty of space for everyone to enjoy road trips and long commutes. These elements, combined, make the CX-3 our choice in this head-to-head comparison.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.