2016 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Chevy Equinox

2016 Chevy Equinox

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2016 Mazda CX-3 are both small crossover utility vehicles that deliver good fuel economy and unmatched versatility to Sarasota and Tampa drivers. These little sport utility vehicles might be your best choices in this increasingly competitive segment right now, but if you take a close look you’ll find that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is clearly the better choice than the Equinox, for drivers in the Tampa and Sarasota area. Read on to find out more.

Price and Value

These two vehicles are technically in different classes: the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact crossover, while the Equinox is a compact crossover. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 also has a smaller price, with a starting MSRP of only $20,860 MSRP for the Sport trim with front wheel drive. The Equinox starts at $23,495 MSRP for the L trim with front wheel drive.

Powertrain and Performance

A crossover almost always offers more fuel economy than a traditional SUV, but it also needs to deliver enough muscle to move you and all your gear. You’ll see that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 delivers a better blend of efficiency and horsepower:

  • The Chevrolet Equinox comes with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that makes 182 hp and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is capable of up to 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway based on EPA estimates with front wheel drive, and up to 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway with all-wheel drive. The Equinox sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds in testing by Edmunds.com.
  • The 2016 Mazda CX-3 hatchback starts with a 2.0L four-cylinder good for 146 hp and 146 lb.-ft. of torque. With front wheel drive this model achieves a very impressive 29 mpg city/35 mpg highway/31 mpg combined and up to 27 mpg/city and 32 mpg/highway when mated to all-wheel drive. It’s also quicker than the Equinox — in Edmunds.com testing the 2016 Mazda CX-3 sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in only 8.5 seconds.

You can see that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 delivers superior performance and fuel economy when compared to the Equinox.

Safety and Security

You might think that the larger Equinox would do better in crash test ratings, but it doesn’t. The Mazda actually beats the Chevy in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing. In NHTSA tests the Equinox only rates at 4-stars overall, while the 2016 Mazda CX-3 won the top 5-star rating.

Plus, while both vehicles can be had with some sophisticated safety technology, including a rearview camera, a blind spot monitor, a rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, and a lane departure warning system, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 goes farther. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 can be had with the i-Activesense system that includes an automatic collision prevention braking system.

Test Drive the 2016 Mazda CX-3 Near Sarasota and Tampa Today

To witness the 2016 Mazda CX-3, Tampa and Sarasota drivers are invited to stop by Cox Mazda at 3101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton today. Feel free to contact us online or by phone 941-749-2790 for more information.