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2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Buick Encore

The subcompact crossover segment is an exciting new addition to the automotive world, helping bridge the gap between drivers who want something closer to the driving experience of a sedan but with the additional versatility of a small SUV. To help you choose your next new vehicle, we're comparing a couple top models in the segment: the 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Buick Encore. Let's see which one has the edge.

Starting with the standard engine, the CX-3 certainly delivers more horsepower. Although the Encore does offer an available engine with more power, it comes with the Sport Touring Group trim level, which has a starting MSRP above $27,000. If you're looking for something more affordable, the CX-3 will give you plenty of power while still maintaining impressive fuel efficiency.

Both models offer AWD as an available feature, and while some drivers may stay away from AWD systems in exchange for better fuel economy, it's of little concern with the 2016 Mazda CX-3. Even in AWD configuration, the CX-3 can manage up to 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

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2016 Mazda CX-3 VS 2016 Buick Encore
146 hp, 146 lb-ft of torque Standard Engine 138 hp, 148 lb-ft of torque
Available AWD Available
Up to 29 city/35 hwy Base MPG Up to 25 city/33 hwy
41.7 in/35.0 in Legroom (front/rear) 40.82 in/35.75 in

Comparing the Differences Between the 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Buick Encore

Among the other differences between the two models comes in the form of design. Obviously, the two models have pretty different design styles, but it's up to you to decide which one you like best. As for the interior, you can be the judge of the design in there too. What we can say, however, is that despite the CX-3's affordable price, it comes generously equipped with standard features like a rearview camera, touchscreen infotainment and 60/40-split folding rear seats.

So when it comes to standard engine horsepower, fuel economy and front seat legroom, Mazda's subcompact SUV certainly has an edge. Rather than comparing the 2016 Mazda CX-3 vs 2016 Buick Encore here, we suggest you contact us at Mazda of Lodi to schedule a test drive to experience the Mazda driving experience for yourself.

2016 mazda cx-3 in white
leather trimmed seats in the cx-3
2016 mazda cx-3 driving down the highway
2016 mazda cx-3 city driving