2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Toyota C-HR

January 11th, 2020 by

The subcompact crossover segment is growing more and more competitive each and every year as drivers demand better fuel economy, more versatility, and better standard features. Two models that continue to deliver are the 2019 Mazda CX-3 and the 2019 Toyota C-HR. But which is the better of the two subcompact crossover? While each has its merits, the winner is very clearly the 2019 Mazda CX-3. Here’s why:


In the subcompact crossover segment, price is usually one of the most important considerations to drivers. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 starts considerably lower than the 2019 Toyota C-HR: $555 lower, to be exact. The Mazda CX-3 Sport retails for $20,390 while the Toyota C-HR LE starts at $20,945. The CX-3’s Touring model is also more affordable than the comparable C-HR XLE, and the CX-3 Grand Touring model is more affordable than the comparable C-HR Limited.

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The engine motivating the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is more potent than the one under the hood of the 2019 Toyota C-HR. A 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve SKYACTIV®-G four-cylinder powers the CX-3 and produces 148 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. The C-HR’s 2.0-liter DOCH 16-valve four-cylinder with Valvematic produces just 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque.

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Fuel Economy

Despite its engine being more powerful, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 offers better fuel economy than the 2019 Toyota C-HR. The Mazda CX-3 achieves up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the highway.* The C-HR achieves just 27 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway.

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Interior Space

In subcompact crossovers, space becomes vitally important. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 boasts considerably more cargo volume than the 2019 Toyota C-HR. Inside the Mazda CX-3, you can unlock up to 44.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The Toyota C-HR tops out at 36.4 cubic feet. While both models seat five passengers comfortably, the Mazda CX-3 offers its occupants a little more room. In the second row, riders enjoy more than 3 inches of extra leg room and an inch of extra hip room. Front passengers enjoy more head and shoulder room. Total passenger volume in the Mazda CX-3 amounts to 87.6 cubic feet, compared to 83.8 cubic feet in the Toyota C-HR.

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Final Word

The Car Connection lauds the 2019 Mazda CX-3 for its touch screen, advanced safety features, and attractive exterior. While The Car Connection also lauds the C-HR for its safety features, it calls its looks “polarizing.”

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