2017 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2017 Mazda CX-9

With so many options available to you, narrowing your list of SUV options can be quite the endeavor. Thankfully, you can’t go wrong with a Mazda model, whether your priority is fuel economy, power, or luxury. The 2017 Mazda CX-3 and 2017 Mazda CX-9 are two such vehicles, available at Cox Mazda near Sarasota and Tampa. We’ve compared them side-by-side to show you what they can do!


As the entry-level compact SUV in the Mazda family, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 was designed to meet a wide range of budgets. The CX-3 comes in three trims levels—Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring—and starts at $19,960 MSRP. The 2017 Mazda CX-9, on the other hand, is Mazda’s full-size SUV, offered in four trim levels. The base Sport has a starting MSRP from $31,520.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Under the hood of the 2017 Mazda CX-3, you’ll find a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that generates 146 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque to match. With its standard automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, the CX-3 earns an EPA-estimated 29 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The 2017 Mazda CX-9 is motivated by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with output up to 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. An automatic transmission is also standard on CX-9 models with front-wheel drive which helps it achieve 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, according to the EPA. Next to output and fuel-efficiency, the main difference between these Mazda models’ performance is towing, which isn’t recommended for the compact CX-3. However, the CX-9 can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Cabin Features and Space

The 2017 Mazda CX-3’s interior offers room for five with a passenger volume of 87.5 cubic feet. Behind the split-folding rear seats, you’ll find 12.4 cubic feet for storage, and folding those seats down frees up a maximum of 44.5 cubic feet. On the flip side, if you need an SUV with room for seven, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is the way to go. The CX-9 offers a passenger volume of 135.1 cubic feet, a manufacturer cargo volume of 14.4 cubic feet, and a maximum cargo volume of 71.2 cubic feet.

Further, the CX-3 offers numerous amenities for its price tag, while the full-size CX-9 prioritizes comfort. Both cabins feature MAZDA CONNECT™ with a 7-inch display, a six-speaker audio system, push-button start, cloth-trimmed seats, and a rearview camera. Both SUVs also offer their own lists of exclusives. For example, the CX-3 gets a CD player and a telematics system, and the CX-9 includes three-zone climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Test Drive a Mazda SUV at Cox Mazda Today!

Mazda’s lineup never fails to impress—and the 2017 Mazda CX-3 and 2017 Mazda CX-9 are two prime examples. To take one of these vehicles for a test drive, contact Cox Mazda in Bradenton! Our sales team is available seven days a week to accommodate your schedule.