2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Honda HR-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 HR-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Smart City Brake Support optional in the CX-3 as “Superior.” The HR-V scores zero, and is rated by the IIHS as having no effective frontal crash prevention.

To help make backing safer, the CX-3’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The CX-3 has standard E911 Automatic Emergency Notification, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The HR-V doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CX-3 and the HR-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.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Mazda CX-3 is safer than the HR-V:

 

CX-3

HR-V

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

135

185

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

1 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.5/.3 kN

3.7/.6 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.44/.49

.56/.48

Tibia forces R/L

2.1/.7 kN

2.4/1.5 kN

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mazda CX-3 is safer than the HR-V:

 

CX-3

HR-V

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

POOR

 

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

177

184

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-3 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The HR-V was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

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

The CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (148 vs. 141) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mazda CX-3 is faster than the Honda HR-V:

 

CX-3

HR-V

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.8 sec

16.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23.8 sec

30.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.3 sec

9.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.9 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.7 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

82 MPH

Top Speed

120 MPH

117 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

CX-3

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/32 hwy

HR-V

 

FWD

1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

LX 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

CX-3

HR-V

 

70 to 0 MPH

181 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The CX-3 Grand Touring/Touring’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the HR-V’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CX-3 Grand Touring/Touring has standard 18-inch wheels. The HR-V’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The CX-3 Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the HR-V EX-L AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the HR-V EX-L AWD (27.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

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

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CX-3 Touring AWD is quieter than the HR-V EX-L AWD (39 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

The CX-3 has .5 inches more front legroom and 1.6 inches more rear hip room than the HR-V.

Ergonomics

The CX-3 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The HR-V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the CX-3 Grand Touring, the optional memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The HR-V doesn’t offer memory seats.

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 HR-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 HR-V LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The CX-3’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The HR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-3’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the HR-V’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the CX-3 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The HR-V doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 HR-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 HR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The CX-3 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The HR-V doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 HR-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 HR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the CX-3 than the HR-V, including $70 less for a water pump, $267 less for a starter, $140 less for a fuel pump, $26 less for a timing belt/chain and $54 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Mazda CX-3, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its September 2015 issue and they ranked the Mazda CX-3 Touring AWD first. They ranked the Honda HR-V EX-L AWD fifth.

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