2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Hyundai Tucson

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CX-3 and the Tucson 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, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mazda CX-3 is faster than the Tucson 2.0 4 cyl.:

 

CX-3

Tucson

Zero to 30 MPH

3.5 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.9 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.2 MPH

80.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

CX-3

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/32 hwy

Tucson

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/25 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-3 stops much shorter than the Tucson:

 

CX-3

Tucson

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Tucson Limited AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The Mazda CX-3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 700 pounds less than the Hyundai Tucson.

The CX-3 is 7.9 inches shorter than the Tucson, making the CX-3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the CX-3 is 3 inches lower than the Tucson (16” vs. 19”). The CX-3’s rear step up height is 4 inches lower than the Tucson’s (16” vs. 20”).

Ergonomics

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 Tucson 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 Tucson doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-3’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Tucson’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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 Tucson 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 Tucson because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the CX-3 than the Tucson, including $84 less for a water pump, $178 less for a muffler and $6 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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

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