2019 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Mazda CX-5
2019 Mazda CX-3 2018 Mazda CX-5


2.0L I4 2.0L I4


148 146

  MPG (City/Highway)

29/34 * 29/34 *


6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic

2019 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Mazda CX-5

Serving Farmington Hills, MI

Deciding to take home a Mazda crossover SUV is easy to do. After all, Mazda vehicles are known for their sporty, modern styling as well as impressive performance on the open road and appealing technologies. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact crossover SUV, and it brings a few desired improvements throughout the interior and exterior as well as under the hood. Some drivers compare it to the 2018 Mazda CX-5, which is a compact crossover SUV. As is the case with the CX-3, the 2018 CX-5 has a few updates that add to its appeal. Through a detailed comparison of these two top picks, you can quickly decide which model is best for your unique needs and desires.


The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is available in three trims, and all trims have the same powertrain. Compared to last year, the powertrain has been revamped to deliver an improved experience. This is a 2.0-liter, SKYACTIV®-G 4-cylinder engine that provides you with 148 horsepower. It comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode, G-Vectoring Control, and other equipment that elevates performance. In comparison, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is available with a turbocharged 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G engine that provides 187 horsepower. It also comes with similar mechanical features, as you will find in the CX-3.


Comparatively, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 and the 2018 Mazda CX-5 have comparable exterior features that identify the brand, such as a similar grille shape and profiles. The CX-3 has a horizontal bar design across the grille and a chrome element from the grille juts into the angled LED headlights. The lower fascia has a pentagonal air intake vent with a single horizontal bar running through it for a sporty effect. The foglamp portals stand vertically and angle inward toward the grille. The 2018 CX-5 is equally stylish, but it has a few unique design elements. For example, it has a mesh-style grille, and its headlights have a sharper angle. The lower air vent is narrower, and it has a black outcropping that spans across most of the front bumper. The CX-5 for 2018 lacks fog lights.


Mazda regularly improves its models to ensure that its drivers have access to the latest safety features and in-cabin technologies. Depending on the trim that you select for these two models, your Mazda SUV may come with auto emergency braking, a forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel, an advanced infotainment system, LED taillights, a moonroof, a standard audio system or a Bose premium system, auto climate control and many additional features.

Are you still trying to decide between the 2019 Mazda CX-3 and the 2018 CX-5? We want to help you compare these options further by getting you behind the wheel for a test drive comparison. Contact our dealership’s friendly sales associates soon for assistance.

* EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.