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Mazda CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V

2021 MAZDA CX-3


2021 Honda HR-V

Starting MSRP

SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder

Base Engine

In-Line 4-cylinder
186 hp


141 hp
186 lb-ft


127 lb-ft
25 city/33 hwy

EPA-Estimated MPG

28 city/34 hwy
5 stars

NHTSA Overall Safety Rating

5 stars

2021 MAZDA CX-3 vs. 2021 Honda HR-V

Shopping for a crossover that delivers an entertaining ride, excellent efficiency, and class-leading safety on the road in Sarasota? Then the 2021 Mazda CX-3 and the Honda CR-V were designed for drivers like you. It’s easy to see why these two models are paving the way for the subcompact SUV segment, but which model is the best match for your lifestyle and budget?

To help you decide, the team at Cox Mazda compiled this head-to-head comparison of the Mazda CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V crossovers! Keep reading to compare the HR-V and Mazda CX-3 horsepower and safety ratings, and then find a Mazda CX-3 for sale near you to learn more!

MAZDA CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V: Performance

When you look at the specs, it’s clear that the higher Mazda CX-3 horsepower and engine torque will put you well ahead of the HR-V on the road in Tampa. Not only that, but stronger numbers overall make the agile and athletic CX-3 a lot of fun to drive. Compare the specs for yourself:

2021 MAZDA CX-3: Standard Performance Specs

  • SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder engine with VVT
  • 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque
  • EPA-estimated 25 city/ 33 highway MPG
  • Available i-ACTIV AWD® with Off-road Traction Assist

2021 Honda HR-V: Standard Performance Specs

  • In-Line 4-cylinder engine
  • 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque
  • EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway MPG

Curious about the Mazda CX-3 horsepower and performance capability at higher trim levels? Contact our team for detailed specs across the CX-3 lineup, and to explore Mazda performance upgrades available to order at our parts center!

MAZDA CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V: Safety

Both the 2020 Mazda CX-3 and the 2020 Honda HR-V earned 5-star overall safety scores from the NHTSA. But the CX-3 edges out the HR-V with a IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, compared to a Top Safety Pick (that is, without the +) for the HR-V. You’ll also find that the CX-3 offers several key technologies that aren’t available on the HR-V:

2021 MAZDA CX-3: Standard Safety Features

  • Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution & Brake Assist
  • Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control System
  • Lane Departure Warning System and Lane-keep Assist
  • LATCH child safety seat anchors & upper tethers
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Smart Brake Support
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Rearview camera
  • And more!

2021 Honda HR-V: Standard Safety Features

  • Brake Assist
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
  • LATCH Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren
  • Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder

MAZDA CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V: Interior Amenities

In terms of interior amenities, both crossovers are well-equipped to keep you and your passengers comfortable and connected in Palmetto. Many similar features turn up inside both cabins, including 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio capability, a 12-volt power outlet, and an electric parking brake. However, key features like Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility come standard on the CX-3, but can only be accessed with a trim upgrade on the HR-V.

Test Drive a MAZDA CX-3 for Sale in Bradenton!

Ready to move forward? Schedule a test drive to start exploring Mazda CX-3 horsepower and connectivity features up close. The experienced team at Cox Mazda is here to ensure that you drive home to Palmetto in the perfect new Mazda CX-3 for sale at great price. Get in touch today to see how much you can save with Mazda new vehicle specials!

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