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

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 C-HR doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The CX-3 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the CX-3 and the C-HR 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available 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 C-HR has not been tested, yet.

Engine

The CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (148 vs. 144) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

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

 

CX-3

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

11 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23.8 sec

33.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.3 sec

11.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

120 MPH

115 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

CX-3

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/32 hwy

C-HR

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

CX-3

C-HR

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the C-HR XLE pulls only .80 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 C-HR XLE (27.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Toyota C-HR.

Passenger Space

The CX-3 has 3.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (87.6 vs. 83.8).

The CX-3 has .3 inches more front headroom, 4.5 inches more front shoulder room, 3.3 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear hip room than the C-HR.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-3 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (44.5 vs. 36.4 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the CX-3 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, air filter replacement and tire rotation based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

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 C-HR 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 C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CX-3 has standard extendable sun visors. The C-HR doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Recommendations

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

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