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2018 Honda HR-V vs 2018 Mazda CX-3

Front exterior view of a blue 2018 Honda HR-V on the left "vs" front exterior view of a white Mazda CX-3 on the right

The appeal of crossover SUV’s is that they deliver car-like performance while also providing increased interior passenger and cargo capabilities. There is an abundance of models to choose between in the crossover market but the two that tend to rise to the top of everyone’s list are the 2018 Honda HR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-3. These two vehicles supply crossover shoppers with fun-to-drive efficiency as well as ample interior room with real-world flexibility, but only upon closer inspection of their specific specs and features do the differences begin to reveal themselves. Have a look for yourself at the similarities and differences between the 2018 Honda HR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-3 right here.

2018 Honda HR-V


2018 Mazda CX-3

1.8L In-Line 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.0L 4-Cylinder
141 HP/ 127 LB-FT Horsepower/Torque 146 HP/ 146 LB-FT
6-Speed Manual Transmission Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
25 MPG City/ 33 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 29 MPG City/ 34 MPG HWY
*Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

Compare the 2018 Honda HR-V & the Mazda CX-3

With the standard drivetrain specs being so similar between the 2018 Honda HR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-3, it all comes down to optional equipment and interior features. The 2018 Honda HR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-3 have three trim options, and only offer the standard engine, but the 2018 Honda HR-V offers an available Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that increases its fuel efficiency to 28 MPG driving through the city and 34 MPG when cruising the highway. Both crossover SUV’s make All-Wheel Drive (AWD) available across all three trim levels, and when the 2018 HR-V’s 1.8L engine pairs with the CVT and AWD it achieves EPA estimates of 27 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.

On the interior, both the 2018 Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 provide seating for five, but the HR-V provides 39” of rear legroom while the CX-3 only has 35”. The Honda HR-V also provides more total passenger volume and cargo space behind the first and second rows of seats. The 2018 Honda HR-V is the clear choice over the 2018 Mazda CX-3 because of its efficient drivetrain and additional interior space, find your favorite color 2018 Honda HR-V at Davenport Honda in High Point, NC today.

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