2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-3 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CR-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the CX-3 and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 22nd in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Honda is ranked 15th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda CX-3 is faster than the CR-V 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

CX-3

CR-V

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

14.5 sec

14.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-3 gets better fuel mileage than the CR-V:

 

 

 

MPG

CX-3

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/32 hwy

CR-V

 

FWD

LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the CX-3 AWD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

 

CX-3 AWD

CR-V

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.2 inches

The CX-3 stops much shorter than the CR-V:

 

CX-3

CR-V

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The CX-3 Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The CX-3 Grand Touring/Touring’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The CX-3 has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (27.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-3’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Honda CR-V.

The CX-3 is 1 foot shorter than the CR-V, making the CX-3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CX-3 Touring AWD is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD (39 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the CX-3 is 3 inches lower than the CR-V (16” vs. 19”). The CX-3’s rear step up height is 2 inches lower than the CR-V’s (16” vs. 18”).

Ergonomics

The CX-3 Grand Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-3’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-3 Grand Touring has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

On extremely cold winter days, the CX-3 Grand Touring’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CX-3 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the CX-3 with a number “8” insurance rate while the CR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-3 is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the CX-3 than the CR-V, including $10 less for a water pump, $5 less for a muffler, $236 less for a starter, $164 less for a fuel pump, $8 less for front struts and $36 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-3 will be $1579 to $2863 less than for the Honda CR-V.

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