Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Mazda CX-3 Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Mazda CX-3

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-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, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 72 percent more Honda dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 21 points higher than the CX-3.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 20th in initial quality. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 27th.

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.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (184 vs. 146) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 146) than the CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (190 vs. 146) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 146) than the CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda CR-V is faster than the Mazda CX-3:



CR-V 1.5T


Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.2 sec

9.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V 1.5T AWD gets better fuel mileage than the CX-3 AWD (27 city/33 hwy vs. 27 city/32 hwy).

The CR-V has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 AWD’s standard fuel tank (14 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The CR-V has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 FWD’s standard fuel tank (14 vs. 12.7 gallons).

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the CX-3 (235/65R17 vs. 215/60R16).

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda CR-V has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mazda CX-3 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The CR-V has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the CR-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 CR-V’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the CX-3 (104.7 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 3 inches wider in the front and 3.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the CX-3.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 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 CR-V has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-3 (8.2 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The CR-V’s minimum ground clearance is 2 inches higher than on the CX-3 Touring/Grand Touring (8.2 vs. 6.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The CX-3 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The CX-3 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the CX-3 Touring AWD (69 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 18.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-3 (105.9 vs. 87.6).

The CR-V has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 5.4 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and 5.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-3.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the CX-3 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 12.4 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the CX-3 with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 44.5 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CX-3 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The CX-3 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CX-3’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the CX-3 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The CX-3 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the CR-V and the CX-3 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CX-3 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 49.22% to 51.49% of its original price after five years, while the CX-3 only retains 43.08% to 43.95%.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The CX-3 isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The CX-3 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The CX-3 has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Mazda CX-3 by over 23 to one during 2017.

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