Can’t Choose Between the CX-3 and CX-5? Compare the Differences Between These Two Great Models

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 9:16 pm
Difference Between 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

Both the CX-3 and CX-5 are great options for a sporty drive, hatchback access and excellent fuel economy.

Difference Between 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

With the addition of the CX-3 subcompact crossover, Mazda now has a few different vehicles in its lineup of “CX” SUVs. For now, we are setting aside the larger, full-size CX-9 to compare the difference between the 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5.

First and foremost, the CX-3 and CX-5 models differ in size. This is clearly apparent, as the CX-5 is considered to be a compact or crossover SUV, while the CX-3 falls into the smaller subcompact crossover category. Not everyone needs a larger SUV, and for those that need the extra space and hatchback access, the CX-3 subcompact crossover is a welcome addition to the Mazda family.

2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5 Starting Price

Of course, this difference in size is reflected in the starting MSRP for each model. Though both are affordable, the smaller sized CX-3 has a lower starting MSRP of $19,960. The 2016 CX-5 begins with a price of $21,795.

For a $1,250 upgrade, CX-3 buyers can also get the predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system. Active Torque Split all-wheel drive is also available for 2016 Mazda CX-5 models with automatic transmission.

Learn more about the 2016 Mazda CX-3’s affordable price and generous trim levels

Difference Between 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5 2016 mazda cx-3 vs 2016 mazda cx-5 cargo space hatchback

2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5 Engine Specs

The base trim level for both models comes equipped with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine. It’s an engine that has impressed through its use in both the Mazda3 and CX-5 models in the past. Under the hood of the CX-3 the engine delivers 146 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque. With the CX-5, the engine is capable of offering a little more power with 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque.

The CX-5, however, is unique in this comparison as it also offer the 2.5-liter SKYACTIV engine. With this engine, the CX-5 puts out 184 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.

Difference Between 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5 fuel economy engine specs and performance

2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5 Gas Mileage

Drivers of the CX-3 will enjoy excellent city mpg. The subcompact crossover is capable of 29 city mpg and 25 highway mpg with front-wheel drive, as well as 27 city mpg and 32 highway mpg when in the all-wheel drive configuration. By comparison, the CX-5, offering more power, only manages slightly less with maximum fuel economy figures of 26 city and 25 highway mpg with front-wheel drive, and 24 city and 30 highway mpg with the all-wheel drive system.

Learn more about the impressive AWD fuel economy of the CX-3

No matter which model you choose, you will find a model that offers easy hatchback access, plenty of space and a spirit of adventure. Check out the difference between the 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Mazda CX-5 and find the right model for you.

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