2016 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2016 Mazda CX-5

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 and the 2016 Mazda CX-5 are the two smallest Mazda crossovers in the Bradenton and Tampa area. Both are luxurious, well-appointed Mazda vehicles, but what are the differences that could make your decision the right one? Here’s our handy guide to both of these fine vehicles.

2015 Mazda CX-9

2016 Mazda CX-3

2015 Toyota Highlander

2016 Mazda CX-5


The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact SUV crossover with two rows of seating. The exterior is small enough to be similar in size to an average hatchback, which means it’ll be small enough to maneuver into most parking spaces and have a small turning ratio in tight city streets with a 101-inch wheelbase and a total length of 168 inches. It’s only 69 inches wide, which makes the handling nimble and the driving dynamics responsive. The visibility is excellent from the front and back, and the backseat is snug enough to fit children safely. The rear cargo compartment is just big enough for a small shopping trip.

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a five-passenger compact crossover. It’s roomy for its vehicle class, with plenty of legroom in the back and front. You’ll get 34.1 cubic feet of storage space with the seats up, and 64.8 cubic feet when they’re folded down.


The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will have a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that is said to produce 155 hp and 150 lb-feet of torque. It comes with front-wheel drive, but you can choose the new all-wheel drive system. It also will come with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, as well as a McPherson sport-tuned front suspension. The suspension, along with the weight distribution, contributes to a driving experience that’s confident and fun with precise steering and agile handling. The transmission performs quick upshifting with a direct response, but you will need a little bit of extra room and time for speedy passing or merging maneuvers.

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 offers two different engines. You can pick a base 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that produces 155 hp and 150 lb-feet of torque while getting 35 highway mpg, with a six-speed manual transmission. With this engine, the Mazda CX-5 has spirited handling and an athletic character as well as excellent maneuvering. You’ll also get a comfortable ride due to the carefully balanced suspension. The higher level engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder that generates 184 hp and 185 lb-feet of torque, along with a six-speed automatic transmission. If you’re a power driver, you’ll love this engine—it provides lots of strength and power for highway passing and merging.


The 2016 Mazda CX-3 has plenty of standard features to start, like a split-folding rear bench, a rearview camera for safety, push-button start, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system. Upgraded models add audio features like satellite radio and a Bose audio system, and the Mazda’s i-Activsense package with safety features like automatic smart braking and a lane departure warning.

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 comes with plenty of features on the base level, such as a split-folding rear seat and full power accessories. You can also get the Mazda Connect package. Higher level packages include safety features like rear and blind spot alerts as well as Smart Brake Support with automatic stopping and slowing.

Which Car Is Right For You?

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is intended to be a city car, and is also a great vehicle for younger drivers. If you have a family or regularly travel with a lot of people, though, you may want to upgrade to the 2016 Mazda CX-5 for the extra room.

Choose Your Mazda Crossover at Cox Mazda

Ready to choose, or still wondering? For a test drive of both vehicles, contact the sales staff at Cox Mazda today or stop by the dealership. We’re a short drive from Tampa and Sarasota in Bradenton at 3101 Cortez Road W.