There are plenty of great compact crossovers out there today, but few are able to combine the best of performance, efficiency, and space quite as well as Mazda has been pulling it off. The CX-5, which we currently offer, is a regular pick for families, commuters, and adventurous types alike, all seeking that signature blend of impressive capability, stellar fuel economy, and ample room for gear and passengers. Now, as you may have heard, Mazda is offering a more compact version to give drivers yet another crossover option: the 2016 Mazda CX-3. Today we’ll give you the rundown of the differences between the Mazda CX-3 vs Mazda CX-5 so you can decide which one might be right for you.
The main and perhaps most obvious difference, but one worth going over, is size. While both models certainly share a very similar look with Mazda’s KODO Soul of Motion design language clearly at work, the CX-5 is noticeably larger overall. This could lend an agility advantage to the more diminutive CX-3, but will cost you a bit in the way of interior space for both people and cargo.
As for the engine lineup, the big thing to consider is that you’ll have two choices in the CX-5 and, at least for the beginning as the CX-3 debuts in the spring of 2015, just one for the 2016 Mazda CX-3. In the CX-3 your base engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that gets rated at 155 horsepower, and while that’s also the base engine of the larger CX-5 you’ll also be able to pick the 184-hp 2.5-liter.
Both models will come with an AWD option if that’s something you’re interested in, and a lot of the standard and optional features will be the same from one model to the next as well. Of course, the Mazda CX-3 will also have a lower starting MSRP on account of its smaller size, so if your needs for space are a little less demanding you might want to consider the CX-3 on account of your budget.
Questions? Or would you like to be among the first to test drive and own the new 2016 Mazda CX-3 after it arrives here at Mazda of Lodi? Give us a call or stop in anytime.