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Mazda3 vs. Mazda CX-3

MAZDA3

vs.

MAZDA CX-3
Sedan or Hatchback

Body Style

Subcompact SUV
155 to 186 hp

Power

148 hp
28 city / 36 hwy mpg (sedan) 26 city / 34 hwy mpg (hatchback)

Fuel Economy

29 city / 34 hwy mpg
5

Passenger Capacity

5
13.2 - 20.1 cubic feet

Cargo Capacity

42.7 cubic feet

2021 MAZDA3 vs. 2021 MAZDA CX-3


If you’re searching for a vehicle that blends versatile design with fuel-efficient performance, then it’s well worth your time to investigate the Mazda3 vs. Mazda CX-3. These two models offer everything that you want on Oshkosh roads at a budget-friendly price point. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the two in terms of pricing, design, performance, and more. Learn more about the Mazda lineup and stop by Holiday Mazda to get behind the wheel!

MAZDA3 vs. MAZDA CX-3 Performance

The Mazda3 vs. Mazda CX-3 present slightly different performance for the Appleton roads ahead. Though still efficient, Mazda3 models are the higher powered of the two lineups. The Mazda CX-3 has the higher fuel economy. Compare the different configurations below:

MAZDA3 Sedan Specs: 

  • SKYACTIV®-G 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 155 hp and 150lb-ft
  • 28 city / 36 hwy mpg

MAZDA3 Hatchback Specs: 

  • SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 186 hp and 187 lb-ft
  • 26 city / 34 hwy mpg

MAZDA CX-3 Specs: 

  • SKYACTIV®-G1 2.0L DOHC
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 148 hp and 146 lb-ft 
  • 29 city / 34 hwy mpg

MAZDA3 vs. MAZDA CX-3 Cargo Space

What about the interior dimensions? The Mazda3 sedan has plenty of legroom and headroom, but has the least trunk space out of the Mazda3 sedan, hatchback, and Mazda CX-3. Its smaller footprint is perfect for city driving, where compact size and nimbleness are priorities. However, comparing the Mazda3 sedan cargo space and Mazda hatchback cargo space, you’ll find roomier accommodations for your items in the Mazda3 hatchback. The Mazda CX-3 cargo space is the largest of them all, but the hatchback offers the compact dimensions of the sedan with the extra cargo capacity of the Mazda CX-3.

MAZDA3 Sedan Cargo Space: 

  • Passenger Space: 5-person capacity
  • Cargo Space: 13.2 cubic feet 
  • Headroom, front/rear: 38.0 / 37.2 inches
  • Legroom, front/rear: 42.3 / 35.1 inches

MAZDA3 Hatchback Cargo Space: 

  • Passenger Space: 5-person capacity
  • Cargo Space: 20.1 cubic feet
  • Headroom, front/rear: 38.0 / 37.2 inches
  • Legroom, front/rear: 42.3 / 35.1 inches

MAZDA CX-3 Cargo Space: 

  • Passenger Space: 5-person capacity
  • Cargo Space: 17.8 – 42.7 cubic feet
  • Headroom, front/rear: 38.4 / 37.2 inches
  • Legroom, front/rear: 41.7 / 35.0 inches

Find Your MAZDA at Holiday Mazda!

You’ve read all about the difference between the Mazda3 vs. Mazda CX-3, but the best way to truly compare them is during a test drive at Holiday Mazda. Our team would love to get the keys in your hand at Holiday Mazda, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

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