Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda HR-V VS 2017 Mazda CX-3 Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda HR-V

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2017 Mazda CX-3

Safety Comparison

Both the HR-V and the CX-3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 41 percent more Honda dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the HR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the CX-3 has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 26th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The HR-V has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 AWD’s standard fuel tank (13.2 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the HR-V’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-3:

 

HR-V

CX-3

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

11 inches

The HR-V stops much shorter than the CX-3:

 

HR-V

CX-3

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-3 Sport’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the HR-V has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-3 Sport.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The HR-V has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the HR-V flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-3’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the HR-V’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the CX-3 (102.8 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the CX-3 Touring AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the HR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-3 (6.7 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the HR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The HR-V’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the CX-3 Grand Touring (6.7 vs. 6.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the HR-V EX-L AWD is quieter than the CX-3 Touring AWD (76 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The HR-V has 12.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-3 (100.1 vs. 87.6).

The HR-V has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 4.3 inches more rear legroom and 4.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the HR-V’s rear seats recline. The CX-3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the CX-3 with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 12.4 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the CX-3 with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 44.5 cubic feet).

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda HR-V outsold the Mazda CX-3 by almost four to one during the 2016 model year.

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