2019 Mazda CX-3 vs 2019 Honda HR-V

January 11th, 2020 by

In the competitive segment of compact crossovers, it can be tough to pick the right vehicle for your lifestyle. Here, we look at two popular options in this segment: the 2019 Mazda CX-3 and the 2019 Honda HR-V.

Performance and Efficiency

While both the 2019 Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V offer peppy performance and available all-wheel drive, the CX-3 comes out on top when it comes to power and efficiency. Both models offer a single engine option. For the CX-3, this is a SKYACTIV®-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It puts out 148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. The HR-V has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that is also paired to a six-speed automatic, but only gets 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the front-wheel-drive CX-3 comes out on top with an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.* The HR-V also gets 34 mpg on the highway when equipped with front-wheel drive, but its city mileage drops to 28 mpg.


The CX-3 beautifully expresses Mazda’s KODO Soul of Motion design philosophy. The crossover’s sculpted lines and svelte silhouette give it a dynamic stance that sets it apart from the rest of the segment. The HR-V, on the other hand, has a cookie-cutter appearance without any attention-grabbing aspects.

Inside, the 2019 CX-3 balances style and practicality, incorporating clean lines, harmonious colors, and a user-friendly instrument panel into its driver-centered cockpit. While the HR-V is practical, it doesn’t feel as slick and streamlined as the CX-3’s interior design.


The CX-3’s standard 7-inch color touchscreen is larger than the HR-V’s standard 5-inch. The CX-3 also provides more media through the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, complete with voice commands and internet radio integration, featuring Aha™, Pandora®, and Stitcher™. The HR-V only offers this type of connectivity on higher trim levels.

Regarding safety technology, the CX-3 comes standard with a rearview camera, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Smart City Brake Support. While the HR-V comes standard with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, it lacks the CX-3’s high-tech safety tools.

Come experience the Soul of Motion in the 2019 CX-3 by taking a test drive at Bert Ogden Mission Mazda.

*Up to an EPA-estimated 29 city/34 highway MPG for 2019 Mazda CX-3 FWD models. AWD models, 27 city/32 highway MPG. Actual results will vary.

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