2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 UX Series 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 UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

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 UX Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CX-3’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

The CX-3 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (11.9 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Chassis

The Mazda CX-3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 650 pounds less than the Lexus UX Series.

The CX-3 is 8.7 inches shorter than the UX Series, making the CX-3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The CX-3 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and 1.9 inches more rear legroom than the UX Series.

Ergonomics

The UX Series F SPORT’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The CX-3 Grand Touring’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

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

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